Favorites

The History Of Assistance Dogs

And their important role in the lives of those they assist

Assistance Dog wkd-uk.com


Through our articles, we always highlight both the values ​​that characterize dogs and our appreciation for the contribution they make to our lives. In addition to being unconditional companions and adorable pets, dogs are also selfless workers.

Dogs are always ready to help their humans, regardless of the effort required or the complexity of the task. These creatures endowed with great intelligence and empathy are, and were, always willing to put their talents at our service, both to help us achieve small goals and to contribute to the greatest achievements of humanity.

The news often show examples of canine heroes who have protected, even with their lives, their human friends. With great integrity, they instinctively identify and take care of the most vulnerable people such as the elderly, children and even other animals.

Dogs’ altruistic spirit and natural aptitude to take care of others, made it possible to train them with the aim of assisting people with different abilities. This led to the emergence of a special type of professionally trained working dogs: assistance dogs.

A little bit of history

The earliest known reference to the existence of service dogs dates back to a nineteenth-century novel called Aurora Leigh. Its author, Elizabeth Barret Browing, describes among the characters a man and his guide dog.

In 1819, Johann Whilhelm Klein founded in Vienna, the Blinden-Erziehungs-Institut, an institute for the education of blind people. In one of his books about education, he introduces the concept of a guide dog and explains his method of training.

However, it was in Oldenburg, Germany, in 1916, that the first guide dog training school was founded, as they are known today. In order to assist soldiers who had lost their eyesight and were returning from the battlefields during World War I, Dr. Gerhard Stalling began the systematic training of dogs.

Assistance dogs are faithful companions and adorable pets when they are at home and not wearing their work gear. However, it is important to understand that when they wear their vests and harnesses, they are working and should not be distracted or interrupted while on duty. That is why it is recommended to…Continue reading

For a decade, this school was essential for the concept of the assistance dog to spread beyond Germany and for its graduates to assist people from all over the world.

In the early 1930s, the first associations emerged and assistance dogs could freely access public places and transport.

Currently, given the specificity in the type of task performed by the assistance dogs and the diversity in their training, it became necessary to divide them into specific groups.

assistance dog training

“Assistance dogs not only provide a specific service to their handlers, but also greatly enhance the quality of their lives with a new sense of freedom and independence.”

Definition according to Assistance Dogs International

To be considered as an assistance animal, a dog must perform tasks directly related to the need of the person it assists. Among them, we can consider those who:

  • Assist people with visual or auditory impairment;
  • Alert before the possibility of attacks, seizures or allergic reactions;
  • Support people with psychiatric or neurological diseases; and
  • Help people with reduced mobility.

Even when some dogs are trained to perform more than one specific task, according to their field of expertise, there are different groups of assistance dogs that you can learn about in the below articles.

Dog kissing dad

Dads Who Knew The Dangers Of Getting A Dog

All these dads did not want to get a dog. They were opposed to the ...
Read More
Child with autism surfing with therapy dog

How To Discover Your Dog’s Unique Healing Talent – Interview with Judy Fridono, Surf Dog Ricochet’s Trainer

Surf Dog Ricochet is the first-ever dog to provide canine assisted surf therapy, after jumping ...
Read More
Assistance Dog

The History Of Assistance Dogs

Through our articles, we always highlight both the values ​​that characterize dogs and our appreciation ...
Read More
GSD Guide Dog

Assistance Dogs

Dogs have always served humans in different ways throughout history. When the first humans settled ...
Read More
Happy Bithday Dog

How Old Is My Dog?

If you ever asked yourself this question, surely you know the popular belief that puts ...
Read More
Dog and mum smiling in field

Free, Unique And Meaningful Gift Ideas To Celebrate Your Mum In 2019

Many mothers have children as well as fur babies, all which have a special place ...
Read More
Old pug wearing glasses and scarf

How Do I Know If My Dog ​​Is Getting Old?

Pets are considered "seniors" when they begin to show signs of aging and the time ...
Read More
Schoep and John - man and dog swimming in Lake Superior

A Senior Dog And A Picture That Made History

The story of this senior dog whose picture touched the hearts of thousands around the ...
Read More
Golden Retriever sitting on couch

Forever Young – The 10 Longest Living Dogs

Longevity is the ability to maintain vital body functions longer, minimizing the effects of external ...
Read More
the smallest dog ever

The Tallest And Smallest Dog

Zeus is the tallest dog ever according to the Guinness World Records; however, Freddy, another ...
Read More
Dogsledding Expeditions

Interview With Carmen Baum From Snow Forest Adventures

Craig Lawrence and Carmen Baum from Snow Forest Adventures offer unique 2 to 10-day dogsledding expeditions ...
Read More
Dog performing agility tasks - dog sports competition

Dog Sports For Making New Friends

Fun matches are dog sport competitions held in a more relaxed environment. They are usually ...
Read More
Dog playing and having fun in the snow

10 Funny Canine Sports To Stay In Shape During Winter

Snow is not only perfect for dogsledding. There are many dog sports and fun activities ...
Read More

Passionate about animals? Why not turn it into a career?

The goal of this section is to help dog lovers find the perfect career in ...
Read More
Children petting dog

The Impact of Animal-Assisted Therapy And Activities

The benefits that accrue from the relationship between animals and humans are the cornerstone of animal-assisted therapies ...
Read More
Cosmodoggyland - Starting a pet service business

Looking To Start An Animal Organization?

If you are thinking about starting your own animal welfare organization, there are a few ...
Read More
Dog Reading Book

Test Your Reading Comprehension Skills With This Interactive Dog Game

This interactive quiz is a game designed for testing your reading comprehension skills while learning ...
Read More
Girl and dog using iPad - Online Language Learning Game

This Tech-Savvy Therapy Dog Invites You To Play An Online Language Learning Game

This game is intended to help you simultaneously acquire new vocabulary in English, French and/or ...
Read More
Dog with glasses and book

A PAWerful Tool For Learning A Second Language

Speaking a foreign language has become one of the strongest skills in the digital era ...
Read More
French Bulldog car ride Cosmodoggyland - Tesla dog mode

Tesla Unleashes Their Latest Innovative Car Feature: “Dog Mode”

Tesla’s latest pet friendly update includes a “dog mode”. This new feature allows pet owners ...
Read More
Couple with dogs. Create the perfect profile for online dating

Could Your Dog Help You Find Love? Dating Apps For Pet Lovers

Online dating can be a very fun experience, but it can also be disappointing if ...
Read More

Leave a Reply ● Deje su comentario ● Laissez votre commentaire

%d bloggers like this: