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Home Helper Hound Tasks

In the last 10 years, service dogs and their abilities have made a huge impact on public awareness. From just being a guide dog for the blind, service dogs have invaded nearly every disability and long term illness humans can have.  There are hearing dogs, mobility and stability dogs, medical and allergy alert dogs, dogs who work with PTSD and Autism and dogs who prevent suiside. Everyone wants to be able to take their dogs, even if they are just pets, everywhere. But 99% of pet dogs are not trained to the rigorous standards of a service dog.

What makes a dog a service dog?

Dani learning one of her tasks of comforting her owner

"A service animal is a dog that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for a person with a disability."

"Service animals are defined as dogs that are individually trained to do work or perform tasks for people with disabilities. Examples of such work or tasks include guiding people who are blind, alerting people who are deaf, pulling a wheelchair, alerting and protecting a person who is having a seizure, reminding a person with mental illness to take prescribed medications, calming a person with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) during an anxiety attack, or performing other duties. Service animals are working animals, not pets. The work or task a dog has been trained to provide must be directly related to the person's disability. Dogs whose sole function is to provide comfort or emotional support do not qualify as service animals under the ADA."

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

In most cases, a companion or pet dog does not meet the above qualifications. The breeding of companion and pet dogs also may be a determining factor in whether one could actually become a service dog. However, ALL of the tasks that a service dog could perform can be trained in ANY dog.

Those tasks include basic obedience behaviors like sit, down, come, heel and stay, as well as those task specific behaviors necessary for each individual and their service dog. Those tasks all have common roots of targeting, scenting, alerting, pushing and pulling, retrieving and carrying. These common actions are native to all dogs and just need to be worked on for specifics.

A Home Helper Hound should be able to do all the common behaviors, basic obedience behaviors and a few complex behaviors made up of the root actions. For instance, in order to bring in the newspaper the dog must: know the name of the paper and where it would normally be found; the sight and smell of a newspaper; be able to pick it up, hold onto it and bring it to the human; find the human by sight and/or smell; and give the newspaper to the human without having chewed on it.

All of these actions are the same whether the dog is being a Home Helper Dog retrieving the newspaper or a Service Dog retrieving the wheel chair that drifted away. The only difference might be in the reliability of the dog to do these actions when asked. The difference is only in the intensity and length of training, not the actions themselves. A Home Helper Hound can in 12 weeks not only retrieve your newspaper but understand how to put clothes in the hamper and washer, put toys away in the toy box and pull your socks and shoes off your feet. The only limitation is you and your willingness to learn how to train "tricks" and take the time to do so.

These tasks make a lot more sense to a dog then wearing a backpack with a jar of pickles weighing them down on both sides. The dog is learning, living, interacting, listening, focusing, and working with you and for you. The backpack and pickles do not do this.


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