Many people love dogs as pets, but these animals are so much more than that. With the capability to be working animals, many dogs receive training to become official assistant pets for individuals with disabilities. By helping people in numerous capacities, assistance dogs drastically improve the lives of many. From August 6-12th, International Assistance Dog Week recognizes these great animals. Check out the three purposes of this honorary week.
The main purpose of International Assistance Dog Week is to recognize and honor the heroic deeds that these dogs do for so many individuals and communities. Having limited mobility is not easy, but a well-trained helper canine by your side can make a major difference. Whether someone needs to walk, retrieve something or get the attention of another person, an assistant dog can help.
Another purpose of International Assistance Dog Week is to honor the people who raise and train these special pooches. In addition to making a point to visit the vet regularly, a raiser or trainer will take care of an assistance dog through all stages of the animal's growth and training. Without this person, the dog would not have the skills necessary to serve others in the ways that he or she does.
Although most people have seen these certain dogs walking around in public, many do not know much about the training or daily work of these animals. Some people know not to interact with service animals, but others do not know how to respond to an assistance dog. Another reason behind International Assistance Dog Week is to help change this by increasing public awareness about assistance dogs.