Small Breed Service Dogs


Aiko the papillon

For some people with disabilities, a small breed service dog may be the best option.

There are many other reasons, including but not limited to:

  • Living arrangements
  • Lack of strength to handle a larger dog
  • Ease of travel

Small breed dogs are just as capable of performing specific task trained skills as a larger service dog and the only reason size is needed is if the skill demands such. For example, a small breed dog could not do balance work.

At 4 Paws we have a wonderful small breed option! We use papillons as service dogs; in fact we use them almost exclusively in our Diabetic Alert Program as they seem to have been created to do medical alert!

What can 4 Paws train a papillon to do?

  • Diabetic Alert
  • Seizure Alert (When the child does not have issues that would make it unsafe to place a small dog with them for example a child with autistic like behaviors who may not understand gentle)
  • Medical Alert
  • Hearing Ear work
  • PTSD Alert