Mobility dogs are specially trained service dogs that assist people who have a disability that interferes with their ability to walk. With the support of a mobility dog, a person can more freely interact with their environment and other people. Mobility dogs include balance dogs and service dogs that assist people in wheelchairs.

Specific tasks may include:

  • Acting as a counterbalance
  • Providing support in forward motion
  • 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
  • Finding and retrieving a cordless phone
  • Assisting with shopping
  • Going under tables, chairs, and benches
  • Retrieving dropped items
  • Ignoring food and other hazardous objects on the floor

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