Service Dog

What are
Service Dogs?

When people think of medical service dogs, they usually think of guide dogs for the blind, or perhaps they think of a therapy dog (please note that a therapy dog is not the same as a service dog). While a guide dog is a service dog, there are many other amazing jobs that these incredible canines can be trained to do.

We feel it is important to educate the public on the laws concerning service dogs as they are not as accustomed to seeing working service dogs, other than guide dogs.

These very special dogs help to give people back their self-confidence and independence. We are so often told how vulnerable a disabled person feels in a crowd or maneuvering in a large public area such as an airport. With their loyal and highly trained service dog at their side, recipients often report the ease of once-again facing public spaces.

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Our dogs are trained to do various jobs as medical service dogs such as:

Mitigate the challenges of PTS including:

  • Shielding
  • Grounding from anxiety/panic attacks and flashbacks
  • Waking from nightmares

Alerting for help

Our dogs are specially trained to sense an impending medical emergency before it happens, and alert their recipient to danger.

Diabetic alert

With their superior olfactory senses, our specially trained dogs can detect changes in blood sugar levels and alert their recipient before it becomes an emergency.

Alerting prior to a seizure

Our Service dogs, using their superior olfactory sense, can detect seizures in advance of an occurrence.

Mobility: Assisting with balance

Service dogs can offer support to their handlers while transferring from wheelchair to bed, assist them in rising to a standing position, and aid their balance while walking or standing

Mobility: Retrieving dropped items

Our mobility service dogs can be trained to retrieve items that have been dropped out of reach of their recipients.

Mobility: Open/Close Doors

A service dog can assist their recipient with basic household tasks like opening the refrigerator.

Assist those with additional permanent disabilities

Service dogs can be of assistance to persons with a myriad of disabilities, including Autism, hearing loss and much more.

Success Stories

Meet Our Recipients

Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs, Inc. has paired more than 300 deserving recipients since our beginning in 2010. At Guardian Angels, our recipients become much more -they become friends and extended family. We are thrilled to be able to share some of our recipient stories with you here.

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Our Impact

Through the hard work of our organization and your generous donations of time and money, we have been able to accomplish amazing things. Learn more about the impact our service dogs have had on the lives of veterans and others in need.

  • 30 No. of States with Teams
  • 75782 No. of Volunteer hours
  • 14 Years in Operation
*Numbers accurate as of 10/01/2022