What Hearing and Service Dogs Do
Service Dogs, Inc. specializes in two types of assistance 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 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
- 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.