Service dogs are amazing resources for wheelchair users. They’re always there, ready and willing to help. They provide a sense of safety and security. Dogs tend to alter their behavior due to their instincts and circumstances and can let you know when you’re approaching something dangerous.
There are several pros and cons to having a service dog. Service dogs are not the right fit for everyone. And, just like wheelchairs, they come in all shapes and sizes.
You must be mindful that a dog is still a pet. They have their own demands and requirements:
- Attention – They need to be praised, played with and cuddled.
- Money – Service dogs require food, vet services and accessories.
- Exercise – Dogs need regular exercise. Be sure to give them this time at least once a day.
- Training – Whether you trained your own service dog or not, maintaining their training is important.
Owning a service dog has many pros, including companionship, reliability, motivation and unconditional love.
When you’re considering getting a service companion, you’ll have the same considerations as any other potential pet owner. On top of that, you need to know where it’s coming from and how it was trained. Keep in mind that some of your existing equipment may not be ideal for your new furry friend.
At Power Mobility & Lifts, we provide expert service and advice. We’re dedicated to providing exceptional customer service and making sure all your questions are answered and concerns addressed.