August 5-11, 2012 is International Assistance Dog Week
We honor all the assistance dogs in the world that increase the quality of life for the people who need them most. We also honor the puppy raisers and trainers who care for these animals that insure a proper fit for the dog and human or service.
Service dogs can assist people with hearing and vision disabilities. They can also assist people with wheelchairs, balance issues, medical issues and psychological disabilities.
Some of these dogs are from animal shelters but most are from breeding programs, specific to a disability. These animals are simply extraordinary in their talents and dedication.
Amongst hundreds of organizations, here are a few of the assistance dog organizations: Canine Companions for Independence, Puppies Behind Bars, and Fidelco . Many organizations have chapters throughout the country and, some, internationally.
Service dogs usually have a vest indicating that they are a working dog. It is difficult to resist petting these animals but it is usually best for the dog if you resist the temptation so that he/she remains focused on the job.
We cannot forget to mentions the service dogs that assist in other jobs such as the military, the police, search & rescue and therapy.
Let’s stand up and give a cheer to these selfless, devoted creatures.