What is an Assistance Dog?
Helping Paws Assistance Dogs work in one of three capacities:
Service Dogs help individuals 10 years of age or older who have physical disabilities unrelated to sight or hearing. These skilled dogs assist with many tasks, allowing their human partner to live a more independent life.
Service Dogs help veterans and first responders with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). These highly trained dogs take actions that help lessen anxiety, alleviate hypervigilance, and perform other tasks that help traumatized veterans lead more fulfilling lives.
Facility Dogs work with professionals in a visitation, education, treatment or therapeutic setting to support children’s or adults’ emotional well-being.