Hey, fellow pet lovers!
This week’s post is all about International Assistance Dog Week which was created to help recognize and appreciate all those helpful, hardworking assistance dogs who support countless of people in need each and every day with their disability-related limitations. I’m going to talk a little bit about how this important day came to be and the goals of IADW (International Assistance Dog Week) so stick around to learn more.
Let’s jump straight into today’s short yet informative post!
International Assistance Dog Week
International Assistance Dog Week, also known as IADW is a whole week dedicated to celebrating the amazing help and support that assistance canines provide their owners with every day. It was first founded back in 2009 by Marcie Davis who is the founder of Working Like Dogs. Marcie is the author of Working Like Dogs: The Service Guide Book, a resource book for anyone who is thinking about getting a service dog, raising service dogs or training service dogs. To learn more about this helpful handbook as well as Marcie simply follow the link to her website above.
What is International Assistance Dog Week all about?
International Assistance Dog Week is all about promoting the countless benefits that assistance dogs provide their human companions with. Many people worldwide rely on assistance dogs to help them live a normal life and without their canine companions, life would be a lot harder for these people as they wouldn’t be able to leave the house, go to work or maintain a job to earn a steady income. Assistance dogs are an essential part of our society and International Assistance Dog Week is all about showing how much we appreciate these four-legged carers.
What makes an assistance dog?
Some of you may be thinking what makes an assistance dog and who requires an assistance dog?
Many people rely on an assistance dog to help them live a normal life; Assistance Dogs Uk states that 7,000 people across England rely on an accredited assistance dog to help complete practical tasks as well as providing emotional support. An assistance dog isn’t like your everyday canine companion; they have been specially trained to help support their owners with what every impairment they live with. An assistance dog will not wander freely; they will remain close to their owner either by sitting or lying next to them and lastly, they are trained to go to the toilet on the command which means they are far less likely to foul in a public place.
Who needs an assistance dog?
Assistance dogs are a vital part of our society; they help countless people worldwide with everyday tasks that they otherwise wouldn’t be able to do and also provide support for people suffering from complex physical and mental conditions. There are plenty of people who require the help and support that an assistance dog can provide, below is a short list of different assistance dogs for various conditions. These dogs help their owners in many ways, and some are entirely dependent on their canine companions.
- Guide dogs for the visually impaired
- Hearing dogs for the deaf
- Mobility assistance dogs
- Diabetic alert dogs
- seizure alert dogs
- Autism support dogs
- Lastly, psychiatric service dogs
As you can see there is a large variety of assistance dogs out there and these are just a small few of the many conditions that an assistance dog can help with.
Aims of International Assistance Dog Week
The main aim of International Assistance Dog Week is to celebrate our love and appreciation for assistance dogs, however, there are a few other essential aims listed below.
- Recognise and honour assistance canines
- Raise awareness and educate the public about assistance dogs
- Honour puppy raisers and trainers
- Recognise heroic deeds performed by assistance dogs in our communities
These are the four core goals of International Assistance Dog Week as you can see this week of appreciation admires not only assistance dogs but their breeders, trainers and owners also. Until writing today’s post, I’d never really thought about assistance dogs and how much of a positive impact they have on their owner’s lives. I just used to walk past them in the street and wish I could stroke them, which we all know is a big no. However, I’ve now got a new appreciation for these fantastic carers and the work they do. If you have an assistance dog, then let me know a little bit more about them in the comments below as I’d love to hear from you.
I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s short and simple blog post and if so let me know by hitting that like button below. I’m going to be writing a post about my girl Pooss next week as some of you may already know that she’s a house cat.
However, we’ve started letting her out and I want to write a post about the journey we’d so far and how she’s finding it so stick around for that. In the meantime have an awesome week and take care! Thanks for checking in and be sure to follow/subscribe to the epoch.pet to never miss a post and follow us on social media, or get in touch with us on Facebook @epoch.pet