Thank you for your interest in C.H.A.M.P. Assistance Dogs, Inc. service dogs. Individuals who use service dogs come from all avenues of life. Their personal stories are varied and compelling. Living with a service dog involves a lifestyle change and we are committed to educating you about both the pros and the cons of these magnificent working dogs.
What exactly IS a Service Dog?
A service dog is any guide dog, signal dog, or other dog individually trained to provide assistance to an individual with a disability. If they meet this definition, animals are considered service animals under the ADA regardless of whether they have been licensed or certified by a state or local government.
Service animals perform some of the functions and tasks that the individual with a disability has difficulty performing for him or herself. Guide dogs are one type of service animal, used by some individuals who are visually impaired. Many people are familiar with these dogs, but there are service animals that assist persons with other kinds of disabilities in their day-to-day activities also.
The above is the definition of a service dog as defined by Federal Law, but the real question is this: what will a service dog be in your life? What can you expect from your service dog?
In reality, they can be marvels when they serve their partners. They are loyal, helpful, insightful, intuitive and affectionate. A service dog may help you live more independently. The bond between a person and their service dog is one of mutual respect and trust. A dog is a social animal and will become a member of your family. This special connection of respect, love, and trust is what makes the partnership work.