Mobility Assistance Dogs


Mobility Assistance Dogs

Pawsible Angels mobility dogs are trained to assist their handlers by performing a variety of tasks such as picking up dropped items, opening/closing doors, turning on/off lights, pulling a wheelchair, helping their handler walk up and down stairs, helping them rise from sitting to standing, providing counterbalance to aid in balance/coordination and prevent falls when walking, and responding to a fallen handler by helping them rise. They can also be trained to signal help if necessary by using an emergency phone or delivering their leash to the nearest person in public. Mobility assistance dogs can be used with or without another assistance device (wheelchair, cane, crutches, or walker).

Upon completion of basic service dog training, our prospective mobility assistance dogs receive many months of intensive mobility training to ensure the accuracy and reliability of their task work in real-world settings. They are also fitted with a special mobility harness unique to their handler’s individual needs. These harnesses are designed to evenly distribute the weight of the handler on the dog’s strongest points, ensuring the complete safety of both handler and dog.

In order to be eligible for a mobility dog, applicants must:

  • Have a physical disability that interferes with daily functioning both in and out of the home

  • Complete a medical release by a licensed professional 

  • Be able to demonstrate the ability to safely and effectively control, manage and care for a dog

  • Have the adequate vision to observe, intervene and manage a dog’s behavior (generally equivalent to DMV license requirements)

  • Be willing to participate in on-going Pawsible Angels training and graduate support program

The process to receive a Pawsible Angels assistance dog includes multiple steps. Click the link below to find out if an assistance dog is right for you and start the process to receive more information.