Mobility limitations occur for many reasons. Genetic disorders, accidents, illness, chronic pain, aging, and short-term injuries can all change a person’s ability to stand, walk, and move around. Standard mobility aids include wheelchairs, crutches, and canes, all of which offer innumerable benefits for the individuals who need them. However, they are not the only forms of mobility assistance available.
Service dogs have much to offer to those with limited mobility. A large, sturdy service dog with a harness can help pull a person in a wheelchair, help an ambulatory partner walk up an incline, steady or brace a person as they move, and even transport heavy objects in a canine backpack. In addition to these physical tasks, service dogs are capable of all sorts of other forms of aid that may come in handy to a person with limited mobility.