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For people with conditions that affect mobility or cause them to use a wheelchair

A mobility assistance dog is a dog trained to help a person who has physical mobility issues. They may or may not be in a wheelchair.

A mobility assistance dog can help with many tasks – this list is not exhaustive. Training sessions will be tailored to each person’s individual needs.

Mobility assistance dogs can also assist people who have difficulty with balance, walking or gaining stability by themselves. 

Dogs can be taught to help with the following:

  • Retrieving dropped items

  • Retrieving named items

  • Opening and closing doors

  • Holding doors open so handler can pass through

  • Opening and closing cupboards

  • Opening and closing drawers

  • Helping remove clothing e.g. socks

  • Turning lights on and off

  • Put rubbish into bin (this would depend on nature of rubbish)

  • Get the mail

  • Put items onto countertop

  • Remove laundry from washer or dryer

  • Carrying items

  • Fetch a cordless phone

  • Press lift buttons

  • Pick up clothes pegs.

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