Can people with cerebral palsy get a service dog? PAWS has trained Service Dogs to assist people who have Multiple Sclerosis, Muscular Dystrophy, Rheumatoidal Degeneration, ALS, Cerebral Palsy, spinal cord injuries and many other conditions affecting a person’s mobility or strength.
What is the best dog for a child with cerebral palsy? Golden Retrievers and Labadors are great dogs for children with special needs and they LOVE to be part of the Family.
How do service dogs help with cerebral palsy? They can help to perform basic functions, like turning on light switches, pulling a wheelchair or retrieving dropped items. Many children with cerebral palsy have hearing difficulty, and dogs can be trained to respond to specific sounds.
What disqualifies a dog from being a service dog? Any aggression whatsoever immediately disqualifies a dog as a Service Dog. Service Dogs work hard, and there are SO MANY THINGS they have to learn – basic obedience, advanced obedience, public access skills, task training. Some drive, particularly food and toy drive, and some energy, are necessary for them to succeed.