Tasks

These are just a reference when you are determining the tasks that you want you to service dog to perform. You will need to provide medical reasoning to have any of these tasks count towards the federally required tasks.

*** DO NOT COPY AND PASTE THESE TASKS INTO YOUR APPLICATION. YOU WILL NEED TO DESCRIBE IN YOUR OWN WORDS WHAT TASKS YOU NEED AND HOW THAY WILL ASSIST YOU IN REGARDS TO YOUR DISABILITY***

  • Medical Alert
    • Alert to high/low blood sugar
    • Alert to breathing Issues
    • Alert to seizures
    • Alert to migraines
    • Alert to life-threatening allergens
    • Medicine Alert Dogs can only be used to alert to prescriptions that are “PRN” or “Take As Needed”
    • Service Dogs are not there to remind you to take your daily medication.
  • Brace / Mobility Assistance Dog
    • Assist Handler
      • Walking
      • Sit / Stand
      • Balance / counterbalance
    • Open / close doors
    • Retrieve items
    • Dogs and Owners must meet a height and weight ratio to be approved.
  • Vision Assistance Dog / Guide Dog
    • Guide / Lead handler with limited vision
    • Warn of approaching dangers (cars, telephone poles, curbs, stairs, uneven pavement)
  • Hearing Assistance Dog
    • specially trained to alert to environmental sounds, including, but not limited to, alarms, doorbells, knocking, phones, cars or their name.
  • Psychiatric Service Dog (PSDs)
    • PTSD only applies to Military
    • Service dogs can be trained to help with Flashbacks, Depression, and Anxiety
    • Providing comfort or peace of mind are not tasks as per the Federal Law (the only exception is Military PTSD)
    • These tasks would need to be assigned by a medical professional in writing
  • Seizure Response Dogs
    • retrieve medication
    • utilize deep pressure stimulation to end a seizure early
    • fetch a nearby person to help
  • Wheelchair Assistance Dogs
    • Assist in transfers
    • Pull up inclines
    • Assist in overturned chairs
    • Open / close doors
    • Retrieve items
    • Carry items
    • Should be a larger breed