Helping dogs: Animal assistance in everyday life

They pick up items, warn about dangerous situations or safely guide a person through traffic – assistance dogs for persons with various disabilities have many different duties and responsibilities.

07/01/2015

Photo: Dr. Ariane Volpert with an assistance dog

Intense relation: Dr. Ariane Volpert with an assistance dog; © VITA e.V. Assistenzhunde

Assistant or therapist?

Photo: Woman in hospital cuddles with a dog

Often the mere presence of a dog in a hospital, nursing home or hospice helps the patient to feel better; © panthermedia.net/Cathy Yeulet

Photo: Assistance dog Ette

As an assistance dog Ette has many different duties; © private

Four paws for the soul

Man’s best friend

Photo: Nadine Lormis; Copyright: B. Frommann

© B. Frommann