About Assistance Dogs
Guide dog teams are generally well known in Germany. Few people know that assistance dogs assist and support their humans with a large number of chronic impairments. Assistance dogs offer practical help, signal oncoming health crises and work closely in a team with their human partner. Assistance dogs are specifically trained to support humans with chronic impairments long-term. They have learned to work and reach certain decisions independently. They live permanently with their human and make it possible for them to live a more mobile and independent life. This is what differentiates them from therapy dogs who only work with people for a limited timeframe. Assistance dogs are valuable helpers with four paws for their humans. Only healthy, even-tempered and reliable dogs master the demanding training. That is why no problems should be expected from assistance dogs. They should have accessibility to all public spaces – even there where companion animals are not permitted access.
I found that the companionship of a dog heals any worry or sadness – more than any other source.