1. Sense of security.
Those with disabilities tend to feel vulnerable. Having a service dog by ones side allows the patient to relax and feel like they’re safe. Those suffering from PTSD can feel like they always have a set of eyes watching over them. While others suffering from diabetes, autism, or seizures have a companion who knows how to act during a time of need.
2. Confidence to leave the comfort of your home.
Our clients are delicate and tend to suffer episodes due to their diseases at unexpected and inconvenient times. Majority of them don’t enjoy leaving their homes because of fear that they will be vulnerable and in danger, that the proper care or person won’t be around. With a SDWR service dog, our clients can leave their home knowing they have a physical crutch and a helper at their side if anything goes wrong.
3. Assist with side effects or symptoms.
If something does occur while outside of the home, or even at home, your specially trained Warren Retriever service dog can assist in more ways than imaginable. Your service dog can use alert devices to call 911, retrieve medications, bark to attract attention in public, help you up or stimulate you during a seizure, and most importantly, get help if necessary.
4. Encourage social interaction.
Autism, PTSD, and those who suffer seizures can suffer social anxiety. Although service dogs are not trained to break you out of your shell, having a furry companion by your side can be a social icebreaker for some.
5. Provide company and affection.
It is important for all people to feel loved and secure. Individuals who suffer from the disabilities our dogs are tailored to assist require slightly more affection and company than others. Service dogs can offer emotional and physical support. Having a constant support system lowers stress levels and calms the patient. Dogs are loyal creatures, so naturally we as humans appreciate their company affection. The lives of our patients can be difficult. The love and affection from a service dog can make one feel, well, just plain better.
6. Give freedom to those being held back.
Losing their freedom is one of the largest issues those suffering from disabilities address. Their lives are affected with a fear of something occurring to them while being alone. Some patients are physically unable to complete certain tasks. A SDWR service dog enables our clients to step out of their comfort zone while having a care taker close by in case of an issue. The feeling of not having to lean on others for assistance gives people confidence and enables them to live a healthy lifestyle.
7. Around the clock support.
With a Service Dog you and your loved ones can sleep heavier knowing that if something comes up, your service dog will take the proper action to alert you or others. Whether it be a diabetic high or low, a seizure, a PTSD nightmare, or getting one with autism to sleep, our service dogs are trained to wake their handler or someone near if necessary. Service dogs can attend school and work with their handlers to ensure they are safe at all times. SDWR’s service dogs are trained to care for you at all times of the day/night.
We receive many stories from clients who tell us about scary cases where their SDWR service dog saved the day. We love those stories. The stories about a stable lifestyle now being in place with the help of one of our service dogs are just as rewarding to us. Having a constant caretaker, companion, best friend, and guardian angel provides for a stable and as consistent daily life as one can obtain with their disabilities. Our goal is to make our client’s lives more manageable with our Warren Retrievers.
9. Provide motivation for exercise
Who doesn’t need a little push to get some fresh air and the blood pumping at times? Service dogs are not to be considered pets, but all dogs love to expel their energy. Giving your service dog walk is a good way for you and your dog to get some exercise.
10. Crowd control
Numerous individuals suffering from these disabilities avoid situations where physical closeness with others may occur. This touches bases back to our subject of our clients not wanting to leave their homes. With teamwork from a service dog, they can cope better with the risk of close contact in public. Our service dogs are trained if necessary to create a suitable distance between their handler and others. “backing people off”.