Service Dogs Inc

What Hearing and Service Dogs Do

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Service Dogs, Inc. specializes in two types of assistance dogs:

Service Dogs

Service Dogs provide mobility assistance for clients with challenges such as Multiple Sclerosis, muscular dystrophy, arthritis, paraplegia, quadriplegia, amputation, stroke, or spinal cord injury. Service Dogs perform a wide variety of tasks such as:

  • Retrieve and carry objects
  • Open and close doors
  • Pull a light wheelchair
  • Assist with transfers or position changes
  • Position limbs
  • Bring needed items like a phone or cane
  • Push handicap buttons
  • Find help
  • Provide companionship

Hearing Dogs

Hearing Dogs are trained to make physical contact and lead their hard-of-hearing or Deaf partners to the source of the sound. Hearing dogs alert to a variety of household sounds such as:

  • Door knock or doorbell
  • Alarm clock
  • Oven/microwave buzzer
  • Telephone
  • Baby cry
  • Name call
  • Smoke alarm

SDI does NOT train: 

  • Privately owned dogs, as part of our mission is rescuing from shelters.
  • Dogs for in-home use primarily. We train for full public access i.e. individuals frequently in public with their Hearing or Service Dog.
  • For autism, Alzheimer’s, cognitive challenges, diabetes, seizures or other medical alerts, visual impairment/blindness, PTSD support, protection, guarding, or emotional support only.