Canine Companions & CMT
Why a Service Or Therapy Dog?
Service dogs and their caregivers share an indescribable bond. These relationships extend far beyond that of a pet and owner, relating more to that of a close friend or family member. For people with disabilities, a furry companion can mean added layers of autonomy in the many benefits and support these pups have to offer.
A specially trained dog can assist someone with a disability in tasks they may not be able to complete or have trouble doing without assistance. Service dogs for people with physical disabilities are able to: retrieve dropped items, push/pull wheelchairs and bring you your medicine or other medical equipment such as your mobility equipment. Even more exceptionally, these four-legged assistants can help you transfer from your wheelchair to your bed, roll your chair back towards you if it slips away and even place your foot or arm back on the appropriate spot on your wheelchair if it falls out of place.
Aside from their physical benefits, service dogs offer emotional and psychological support to caregivers with disabilities. The company of these pups can be therapeutic, their calm, affectionate nature providing a comfortable environment. Further, assistance dogs relieve people with disabilities of needing help with many daily tasks, thereby boosting confidence and feelings of self-sufficiency.