There’s a reason why dogs are known as man’s best friend. The interconnectedness of
people and dogs extends to hunter-gatherer days. The bond between dogs and us has only
become stronger with each subsequent generation. Dogs make the perfect companions in a
lot of ways. They’re loyal, attentive and genuinely want to be helpful most of the time. It’s
no wonder that many dogs continue to serve a similar purpose to the first domesticated
breeds that served as hunting partners for early people. Although the days of hunting and
gathering have passed for most, dogs continue to serve people in some very specialized
roles. One of the most important roles dogs play today is as service animals for people who
have disabilities or special needs.
Whether it’s helping blind people make their way around in the world or helping children
with autism cope with their daily lives, service dogs play important roles in the lives of
thousands. Yet getting a service dog is a big decision that shouldn’t be taken lightly. A
service dog is more than an accessory — it’s a living animal with its own needs. A service
dog can greatly improve the quality of life for a person with special needs or disabilities,
but only if he or she chooses the right dog, under the right circumstances.
That’s why it’s crucially important for anyone interested in acquiring a service dog to take
the time to do it right. While there are many organizations dedicated to helping people
match up with the right service dogs for their circumstances, there are others who are only
interested in making a profit. Likewise, many people may think a service dog will be the
answer to their problems, not understanding the commitment required. The accompanying
guide by Autism Home Support Service presents some tips for anyone interested in
acquiring a service dog for any reason. Before you make the commitment to continue the
ancient connection between people and dogs, make sure you’re making the right choice.
Infographic created by: Autism Home Support Services