Mobility ADs can assist movement by acting as a brace for their handlers. They can act as a counterbalance and stabilise their owners when they are climbing stairs or walking on uneven flooring.
Mobility ADs can help to retrieve out-of-reach objects (such as ringing phones, dropped keys, socks, etc) to minimise strain on the owner’s body.
Mobility ADs can assist in tasks needed for daily living, such as opening doors, turning lights off and on, dressing their owner, and carrying small loads when shopping.
Mobility ADs that K9Assistance will provide, start their training from the time they are weaned, at about 8 weeks old.
During their puppyhood from 8 weeks to 1 year, they are socialised to be exposed to as many people, environments, and situations as possible. This is so they will grow into confident dogs that will not be phased when in different environments when working. They are also taught basic obedience skills.
From the time they are 1-2 years old, they undergo formal training with an Assistance Dog Instructor, learning specific tasks to assist persons with physical disabilities.
After they have completed their training, they will be matched with a potential physically disabled handler.