Seizure Response Service Dog

Seizure Response Service Dogs are trained companions capable of many tasks intended to assist in the event of a seizure. Oftentimes, seizures can result in confusion, unsteadiness, slurred speech, and a variety of other effects. A dog trained specific tasks to aid their owner during or after a seizure can be an immeasurable comfort and offer needed assistance.

Benefits of a Seizure Response Dog

Each individual has unique needs and requires different types of aid depending on their situation, lifestyle, and goals. Service dogs trained to offer assistance when a seizure happens often allow their owners to feel more independent. With a dog at their side that will bark for help or clear their airway when needed, many people feel more confident to live alone or do errands alone, attend more events, or take trips they were nervous of in the past. If the individual is a child, many parents feel more secure in allowing their child to play in the yard or their room without them there. Additionally, many children or even adults get the confidence to sleep in their room with the dog because the dog can bark to alert to the rest of the household if the person has a seizure at night.

With the addition of a seizure response service dog, many families have experienced:

  • Increased independence
  • Improved sleep
  • Expanded social life
  • Decreased levels of anxiety
  • And more

Seizure Response Tasks

How exactly does a seizure response service dog assist its owner during or after a seizure? Dogs are capable of such a wide variety of skills and a seizure service dog is the prime example of that. Each and every service dog is unique in the way it helps its owner and this depends on the person’s needs. The following are examples of tasks a seizure response service dog may be trained:

  • Retrieving a medicine bag
  • Stability assistance while getting up or walking
  • Barking to alert family members or other members of the household
  • Pressing a medical alert button
  • Clearing airway during asphyxiation
  • Stimulation during seizures
  • Retrieval of cell phone
  • And other custom tasks

 

Depending on the type of seizures the dog’s owner has, a seizure response dog may be trained in seizure alert as well. Seizure alert service dogs are trained to give an alert warning, eventually predicting oncoming seizures so its owner can take action. This type of training takes time, consistency, commitment, and relies heavily on a strong bond between the service dog and its owner.