In-home service dogs provide the same assistance to children and adults as service dogs do. However, these dogs do not have public access and only provide assistance in their partner’s home. In-home service dogs are beneficial to individuals who need their assistance of a specially trained dog in their home but do not want or need to have a dog with them in public.

Specific tasks may include:

  • Deep pressure
  • Providing support to go up and down stairs
  • Providing assistance to rise from a chair
  • Providing support to get up off the floor
  • Opening doors
  • Turning on and off lights
  • Helping to remove clothing
  • Taking clothes out of the dryer and pulling a laundry basket
  • Interrupting self-harming, self-stimulating, or repetitive behavior
  • Finding and retrieving a cordless phone
  • Retrieving dropped items

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