Effective use of assistance animals

Assistance dog

Recognition of the powerful bond between pet animals and ourselves has proved vital in the increasing and effective use of assistance animals.

The team at RUS all love their pets – we have horses dogs and cats

so we thought a pet blog was in order!

The value of Guide Dogs in raising the quality of life for those who are visually impaired is well known.

For those hard of hearing there is specialised assistance available from Hearing Dogs which are trained to react to specific noises (e.g. doorbell, fire alarm and telephone) and draw their owner’s attention to them.

Some dogs are now even trained to raise the alarm when detecting miniscule blood sugar level changes in diabetic patients.

The best thing assistance dogs can provide, in addition to real help and companionship, is a large measure of independence.

Whether it’s strengthening muscles through horseback riding, or gaining confidence with the help and companionship of a service dog, kids with disabilities can benefit from many different kinds of animals, with the biggest benefit being the relationship developed with these animals – becoming comfortable with them, learning about responsibility, and caring for another living being.

Dogs also provide companionship critical to development of children with disabilities, with breeds such as Labradors and Golden Retrievers commonly employed, helping children and adults across the country with physical disabilities. Animals also have a great calming impact for anyone experiencing mental health problems.

These incredible assistance dogs are usually provided free of charge to qualified recipients by some of our most inspiring charities (e.g. Hearing Dogs, Canine Partners), and can complete some truly remarkable tasks for their handlers every day of their lives, e.g. turning on lights with their noses and off with their teeth, even opening appropriately adapted doors.

After returning home with the child, these phenomenal dogs continue to build on their skill set, accomplishing even more specific tasks, such as helping with laundry or even making the child’s bed!

Assistance dogs enable children to experience essential feelings of independence and confidence by being with them all the time. They don’t feel so ‘alone’ anymore, offering more freedom from their parents too (and vice versa).

The writing on jackets worn by the dogs also informs strangers about the child’s disability attracting positive attention, combating loneliness, and raising awareness of that particular assistance dog charity/organisation as well.

Stuff to help you look after your assistance animal

To help look after these amazing pets you can buy automatic feeding systems so for example if a person is living with dementia they may forget feeding time so an automatic dispensers helps solve the problem.

Check out our shop for Really Useful pet ideas

Pet sensor bowl

A great idea is this ladybird pet feeder which is a Pet Sensor bowl

When your pet approaches within 3 inches of the Ladybird sensor bowl it will activate in a smooth, gliding and unimposing ladybird wing fashion. This will be gentle enough to encourage your pet without scaring them off and simple enough to ensure they are able to activate it even after the first time.