Small Breed Service Dogs
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