International Assistance Dog Week


There is something special about the bond between a dog and their owner. It is created by love and loyalty. It is strengthened by time. These relationships take on a new meaning and purpose with Assistance Dogs. Offering hope and help to the seeing impaired, the hearing impaired and to many others with various disabilities, assistance dogs make a difference. International Assistance Dog Week hopes to celebrate the deep relationships between these devoted dogs and their owners.

What Are Assistance Dogs?

For more than 70 years, dogs have been trained to help the seeing impaired. Meaning, they would be their owners eyes. These dogs are so successful and hardworking, that they began to train dogs to help those with other disabilities. With special training these dogs can aid anyone. For example, they can be trained to help the hearing impaired, those in wheel chairs, or can even be trained for seizure alert and response. That is pretty amazing. They offer hope where it is needed and give confidence when it might be lost.

What Types of Assistance Dogs Are There?

There are three different types of assistance dogs. They include:

  • Guide Dogs 
    • Trained to help visually impaired people they can help them avoid obstacles and navigate traffic. They are trained to insure safety and will do so even if it means disobeying an dangerous command.
  • Hearing Dogs
    • These dogs help hearing impaired people by alerting them to sounds. Usually found in the home, they will let their owner know if the doorbell has rung, a baby is crying or their phone is going off.
  • Service Dogs
    • These include all other types of assistance dogs. They can be trained to help people with physical and mental disabilities. They offer literal and figurative support along with comfort and companionship.

If you were wondering, most assistance dog breeds are BIG! In most cases they are labrador retrievers or golden retrievers, but can also be a variety of other breeds and sizes depending on their service. They always go through extensive training and they can always be counted on.

According to International Assistance Dog Week, the goals for this week are to:

  • Recognize and honor assistance dogs
  • Raise awareness and educate the public about assistance dogs
  • Honor puppy raisers and trainers
  • Recognize heroic deeds performed by assistance dogs in our communities

If you feel you have a disability that warrants you having an assistance dog or you have one, contact a Utah Social Security Lawyer today. Here at Summit Disability Law-group we can help you get the help you need and get you the benefits you have earned.


Photo “120523-D-BW835-286” courtesy of Jim Mattis and the U.S. Government.