About the dogs
As of 2012, in line with assistance dog organisations internationally, the Mobility Assistance Dogs Trust now provides three categories of Mobility Dog;
1. A Service Dog provides support both in the home environment and out in the community with full public access rights.
Service Dogs, Assist Dogs, Facility Dogs, Ambassadogs and our puppies in training are clearly identified by patches on the back of their official Mobility Dogs black service jackets. Dogs with public access are clearly labelled with "public access certified" or "in training".
Puppies enter our programme primarily from breeders. Because of the nature of assistance dog tasks, medium to large breeds like Labrador and Golden Retrievers are favoured.
The puppies are exposed to a wide variety of situations and environments in preparation for their future as Mobility Dogs. Puppy-raisers are guided by dog trainers and handlers in working on obedience and basic assistance dog tasks.
Between 12 and 14 months of age, the dogs return to Mobility Dogs to undergo advanced training and further refinement once they are matched with a recipient.
A trained Mobility Dog responds to 60+ commands. It is an investment of love and time, but also represents a significant financial investment.
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