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Assistance Dog Tasks

Retrieve Based Tasks: Bring portable phone to any room in house, bring in groceries , fetch a drink from a refrigerator or cupboard, fetch food bowl's, pick up dropped items like coins, keys etc, in any location, bring clothes, shoes, or slippers laid out to assist with dressing,  unload/load washing machine or dryer, fetch basket with medication from cupboard,  use target stick to retrieve an indicated item off shelves in shops, use laser pointer to target an item to be retrieved, drag walking stick or crutch from its customary location to another room,  fetch items when out of reach.
 
  Carrying Tasks: Carry items downstairs or upstairs to a specific location, carry items from the partner to a care-giver or family member in another room, send the dog to obtain food or other item from another person and return with it, carry items following a partner using a walker or other mobility aids, pay for purchases at high counters, transfer merchandise from a shop assistant to a wheelchair user's lap, carry mail or newspaper into the house.
 
  Deposit Tasks: Put rubbish,  junk mail into a waste bin or dustbin, assist partner to load clothing into top loading washing machine, put dirty dog food bowl into kitchen sink, put other non-breakable items in sink, deliver items to a designated cupboard, deposit dog toys into designated container, Put shopping list, bag, mail, other items on shop counter or domestic worktop.
 
  Pulling / Tugging Tasks: Open cupboard doors with attached strap/cord, open drawers with strap/cord, Open light doors with a suction cup device, open handled doors with attached rope/cord, slide patio door open, assist to remove shoes, slippers, sandals, tug socks off without biting down on foot, remove trousers, sweater, coat, drag heavy coat, other items to cupboard. Take edge of a blanket and move backwards, tugging to remove it or assist someone to pull the blanket up to their chin if cold

 
Nose Nudging Tasks: Cupboard door or drawers - nudge shut, washing machine door - hard nudge, ,swing bin - nudge open, operate button or push plate on electric commercial doors, turn on light switches,  assist wheelchair user to regain sitting position if slumped over, help put paralysed arm back onto the armrest of wheelchair, return paralysed foot to the foot board of a wheelchair if it is dislodged

Pawing Tasks: Cupboard door - shut it with one paw, refrigerator & freezer door - one forepaw or both, operate light switch on wall - jump up, paw the switch, pedestrian crossing buttons, lift buttons, operate push plate on electric commercial doors, close heavy front door, other doors - jump up, use both forepaws
Mobility Assistance:  Dogs can also help by bracing to enable partner to keep balance whilst transferring from wheelchair or similar.  Also with the right harness, a large fit dog and a light enough partner dogs can help with moving wheelchairs, overcoming obstacles and supporting those unsteady on their feet.

Emergency Assistance: Bark for help on command, find the carer on command, lead back to location of disabled partner. Wake up partner if smoke alarm goes off.  Operate the big button on an emergency home-call telephone.  Fetch a portable phone off it's cradle to bring to disabled partner who has had a fall

This list is only a sample of the practical ways an assistance dog can help a disabled partner.  These dogs are amazing and do everything with a wagging tail and an eagerness to please.  They can and do change lives.

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