Guide Dogs take directional commands and institute a path of travel, indicate changes in elevation, indicate and avoid oncoming traffic, navigate around obstacles and locate objects on command.
- Obstacle avoidance
- Signal Changes in Elevation
- Locating and/or retrieving objects
Hearing dogs are schooled to alert to the specific sounds needed by their partners, primarily in the home setting. Some hearing dogs also work outside the home, alerting to specific sounds in the public settings. Instead of barking, hearing dogs are trained to get the attention of their human partner by touch, (either a nose nudge or pawing) then the dog leads the partner to the source of the specific sound.
- Alert to specific sounds at home
- Alert to specific sounds away from home
- Retrieve unheard dropped objects
- Turn on lights
- Warn of vehicle approach from behind or making a sudden turn
- Have the dog find and return with the hearing impaired person
Mobility assistance dogs are trained to assist people who have a wide variety of mobility impairments. Some teams have mastered up to fifty tasks. The lists of tasks in this section are a broad sampling of what tasks can help to empower, reduce or avoid pain, minimize dependency on loved ones, prevent injuries, or get help in a crisis.
- Retrieve based tasks
- Carrying based tasks (non retrieval)
- Deposit based tasks
- Tug based tasks
- Nose nudge based tasks
- Pawing based tasks
- Bracing based tasks
- Harness based tasks
- Medical assistance tasks
- Crisis assistance tasks
- Seizure Alert Dogs, Anxiety Disorder Alert Dogs, Autism Assistance Dogs, Special Needs Assistance Dogs
There are numerous ways that service dogs can be trained to help those that have hidden disabilities such as a seizure disorder, autism, a psychiatric disorder, a potentially life threatening medical problem, or conditions that cause chronic pain.