Emotional support animal prescription can be trained to find or retrieve objects that are out of reach, pull a manual wheelchairs, open doors and turn on lights, obtain help, assist with dressing or undressing, push buttons, open and close doors, and many other everyday tasks that may be difficult for a person with a disability. In addition, assistance dogs can be specially trained seizure response dogs, and there are dogs trained to offer a person counter balance when ambulating.
There are programs that pair specially trained Service Dogs and children with autism. Autism Service Dogs are selected specifically for their stability, calmness and steady reaction to loud noises and constant motion.
The dog’s presence offers a calming influence and provides a sense of security to the child and the parents. Attention span increases and emotional outbursts occur less often. All of these factors, plus many others, help to make each day a little easier for these children and their families.
Training camps offer a time when the recipient learns to work with their dog. The dog is trained – now you need to be. Service dogs know many commands before being paired with the physically limited person. Camp teaches you how to train your dog to perform tasks specific to your needs. Camp runs about two weeks and the cost to the recipient for lodging and meals can vary. Some programs pay for this so there in no cost the person getting the dog.
After leaving camp it did not take me long to realize one of my specific needs. My dog left her toys all over the floor and, being in a wheelchair, this made it very difficult for me to get around. Using the command “clean up”, I taught Dottie to pick up her toys and put them in her toy basket. Her little trick really impresses young visitors AND their parents.