Dogs are amazing animals! They can use their incredible sense of smell to aid man in many different ways and they can also be trained as service dogs to help those who are disabled. Usually when you think about service dogs the thing that comes to mind is seeing eye dogs which have been around for quite a while. Apparently they can also be trained to help those with balance issues such as vertigo and Meniere’s disease.
Juanita Maranda suffers from sensory vertigo which is caused by her surroundings rather than an inner ear disorder.
“Juanita also has the help of her service dog, Ben, a mutt that she rescued from a shelter and had trained to alert her when an anxiety or vertigo attack is coming on. “I don’t know how it works,” she said. “But he can sense it and alerts me by rubbing against my leg.”
I don’t think that I have ever heard of someone using a service dog for balance disorders.
“ECAD (Educated Canines Assisting with Disabilities) is also the closest organization that trains dogs specifically to help with balance. They continually breed their own dogs and train them, so new dogs are available to clients as soon as possible. According to Juanita, she will most likely receive a golden retriever (one of the most common service dogs) or a Great Dane/Labrador mix.”
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