by Angela Casey DVM
Great Dane Service Dogs provide a better quality of life for individuals who have severe balance and mobility limitations.
These dogs provide a valuable service (good for dog psyche too) and enhance the quality of life for their owners.
Service dogs have been placed with children, war veterans, people with Multiple Sclerosis and other mobility restricting conditions. Each dog receives extensive training for balance plus specific training to meet the individual needs of the owner.
The balance support dog should be at least 45% of the person’s height and 65% of the person’s weight. A man six feet tall needs a dog 30 inches tall. This places stability at the person’s fingertips. The sturdy structural demands of the job make Danes a good choice.
Great Danes are well suited to home and office life because they require much less exercise than many other breeds. They are content to have a few walks a day and lie in the corner until their services are needed. The human-animal companionship helps with the isolation and depression that can accompany disabilities as well.
This is Little Maya, she is 11 years old now, and retired from duty. Linda, Maya’s dog mom, has trained each of her service dogs through Happy Tails Service Dogs, a non-profit organization, in Phoenix, that teaches people how to train their dog to be a service dog. She’s always chosen Great Danes because they provide her with balance and support for walking. They are a perfect fit. We’ve had the pleasure of providing veterinary care for these amazing Danes for years.
Maya’s got her Jack’ O Lantern treat bag and Tuesday is a Bumble Bee. Tuesday’s out of uniform; looks like she’s off duty for the Halloween celebration.
Don’t go without taking a look at the video of Bella and her service dog, George. Separately they could get by ok but together, they are a symphony!
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