What kind of physical help can a mobility service dog provide?

Each individual's situation and disability is different, so all service dogs should be carefully chosen and matched: the dog's ability according to a person's need. Most often, however, dogs' tasks fall in into basic categories:

  • Fetching objects (by name or as pointed out) that are out of reach or inconvenient to grasp. This can be anything from a pen or remote control to a shoe, prosthesis, or emergency-aid button.
  • Pulling or pushing on objects out of reach or at a difficult angle for someone with limited mobility to manage (I.E.: weighted doors, awkward drawers, cartons or baskets on floor, buttons out of reach)
  • Pulling a wheelchair
  • Wearing a backpack to provide better accessibility to multiple items
  • Bracing to provide walking, balance, or transfer support

Every person needing the help of a service dog has unique and changing physical limitations. For more than 20 years, Dogs for Disabled, a division of Vested Partners, has provided carefully matched training to working teams. Unfortunately due to funding restrictions, we are not able to take any new applications at this time.

We recommend that any individual seeking a non-profit school to train a service dog consult Assistance Dogs International for a school serving his/her particular area. ADI provides a geographic index at this link:


Dogs for Disabled