Service Dog Definition
The mission of a trained service dog is to help its handler accomplish activities of daily living (ADL’s) and is specially trained to assist a person with a disability. The public access of these dogs in the United States is covered by the American with Disabilities Act and is guided by standards of behavior for service dogs.
Activities of Daily Living (ADL’s)
Activities of daily living include, but are not limited to, the things we do on a regular basis to meet our physical, psychological, financial, and social needs. Examples of activities are:
- Alerting to changes in a medical condition
- Assisting with self-care such as bathing and dressing
- Guiding for people with visual impairments
- Assisting for people with hearing impairments
- Mobility and stabilization assistance
- Physical tasks such opening doors, retrieving meds and other items, etc.
- Alerting and providing guidance for people with various psychiatric disorders
- Assisting veterans and victims of violence controlling symptoms of post-traumatic stress