As per the guidelines of ADA ( Americans with Disabilities Act) which was amended in March in 2011, any dog which is trained individually for assisting a disabled handled in the day to day activities can qualify as a Service Dog that the handler can take to public places where the dogs re generally not allowed.
The dog as well as the handler needs to meet some specific requirements however to become an assistance dog and handler. Once the organization giving the dog is sure that the dog as well as the handler is compatible with each other, it gives the do to the handler.
What are assistance dogs meant for?
The ADI which is professional organization which trains the assistance dogs terms a service dog as a dog which is type of assistance dogs only. Assistance dogs are guide, hearing and other revise dogs which assisted people having any kind of disability for functioning independently.
1. Guide Dogs- these dogs are given training for assisting people having visual impairment. The dogs help the individual to navigate his or her environment. Such dogs are trained for leading the handler on a straight clear line. It depends on the handler for giving instructions and directions to the dog. The dog is given training for saving the handler from any kind of obstacles. Such dogs are even capable of reading the traffic lights and signals. These kinds of dogs refuse to go ahead if there is any obstacle.
2. Hearing dogs= these kind of dogs alert their handlers who may be deaf or hard of hearing to the sounds produced in their environment which the handler is not able to hear like the sound of alarm, smoke- alarm, door bell, baby crying, glass breaking, etc.
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