Even though you may be aware that Service Dogs can help wheelchair users to be more independent, you may not know be fully aware of what they actually do to help their partners.
While federal law doesn't mandate that Service Dogs wear any kind of gear or identification, most Service Dogs have some kind of vest, jacket or harness. Sometimes, the gear is for identification only and at other times, like in the case of a brace dog or a Service Dog who carries medical equipment, the gear is utilized during the dog's work. There are too many types of Service Dog harnesses and vests to mention them all, but here are 5 of the most common items!
Service dogs can provide wheelchair users greater independence. From picking up dropped items to opening doors, the tasks these canines perform can be life changing. However, the logistics of maneuvering a wheelchair and a handling a service dog can seem intimidating. It's not impossible though, read on to learn how to manage a wheelchair and a Service Dog at the same time.