About Assistance Dogs

Learn about the history of assistance dogs, the various types and their conduct in public.

What are Assistance Dogs?

Assistance Dogs are not pets. They are specially trained dogs who alleviate their handlers’ disability, allowing the disabled an improved quality of life and independence.

In order to assure and maintain the comfort and safety of people with disabilities and the public in general, stringent behavioural and training standards are equally applied to all assistance dogs, across all categories and functions.

History of Assistance Dogs

Assistance Dog sitting down

The first Seeing Eye Dog was documented in 1929.


Types of Assistance Dogs

Assistance Dog with Disabled Handler

Various types of Assistance Dogs can support different needs.


Public Conduct

Assistance Dog in Public

Tips for conduct of Assistance Dogs, handlers and the public.