Can Do Canines trains Mobility Assist Dogs to help people with physical disabilities. While the needs of each client can vary, mobility service dogs are trained to provide support by:
- opening and closing doors
- picking up and retrieving dropped objects
- activating push plates
- bringing cane or walker within reach
- carrying small objects up/down stairs
- turning light switches on or off
- retrieving a cordless phone or cell phone
Some Mobility Assist Dogs can also act as Diabetes, Hearing or Seizure Assist Dogs in addition to their mobility tasks!
General Criteria for Mobility Assist Dog Applicants:
- Must be a resident of Minnesota or Wisconsin
- Must have a physical disability, debilitating chronic illness or neurological disorder and can provide proof of diagnosis
- Must be physically and financially able to take full responsibility for the dog after certification
- Must be at least 10 years old
Click on the photo below to watch a video clip of one or our mobility teams.
Video Transcript of Kim and Axl:
Hi. I’m here with my mobility assistance dog, Axl.
I have him because I do have a balance disorder which causes me to fall down a lot.
I recently had a fall down some stairs, had a concussion. He was able to get my emergency phone and stay with me the whole time until help came. And I love him to death and can’t thank Can Do Canines enough for providing him for me.
Where’s my hug? Give me my hug. Give me my hug. There’s my hug.