Assistance Dogs (also known as service dogs, rehabilitation dogs) take on functions for humans who have a physical, mental or psychological illnesses.
They are specially trained, while also acting independently. This training differs from therapy dogs. Rightly so, the assistance dogs are an ‘aid’ and have, by law, rights of access to all open areas.

How Assistance Dogs Help

  • Guide dog teams are generally known of now in Germany.
    But few people know that assistance dogs can help with a variety of illnesses. Assistance dogs help in three ways:
    -Through practical assistance,
    -Through signals for seizures or dangers,
    -Through therapeutic company.
    The boundaries are naturally fluid between these areas of assistance in practice.

  • Pfotenpiloten dogs are always specifically chosen and trained  for the needs of the client. From the beginning, a long conversation, house visit, practical seminar, and a written down training plan are established. This ensures that the dog is chosen and trained specifically for the needs of the future owners. After the briefing, the team of human and dog slowly continues developing. The possibilities that could arise from this are almost endless.

Practical Help

Assistance dogs compensate for physical and sensory impairments in many ways.

Signalling Seizures or Dangers

Assistance dogs can give a warning for a health crisis and during a seizure can be supportive and calming. Some dogs can foresee a seizure.

Mental Well Being

Dogs give warmth and care. They are our four-legged all around therapists, who cure loneliness and makes us happier.

“I have found that when you are deeply troubled, there are things you get from the silent devoted companionship of a dog that you can get from no other source.”Doris Day

Assistance dogs help to begin a mobile, independent and healthy life. They save on the cost of care, relieve the pressures on the family, and often the dog prevents health crises and casualties! Numerous studies prove the health, social, psychological, community and economic advantages of assistance dogs.

They provide people with a handicap a better, more independent life. They help with the everyday, provide security, friendship and warmth. Loneliness disappears, and life becomes more active. The body and soul also benefit. Assistance dogs give a new lease of life to the person affected. Also for dogs, there is nothing better than to be of service to their owner.

Our four-legged friends build bridges between the restricted and non-restricted, and provide contact and communication. Assistance dog teams are fascinating: within them is the will to overcome their limitations. The courage and drive of life which manifests itself within them invites a change of perspective about life. 

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