Assistance dogs

Assistance Dogs Division

*           Guide dogs for the blind

*           Hearing dogs for the deaf

*           Assistance dogs for the physically handicapped

*           Dogs for combined disabilities

*           Alert dogs for diabetics

*           Alert dogs for epileptics

*           Support dogs for autistic persons

*           Support dogs for mental patients

*           Escort dogs for Alzheimer patients

*           Escort dogs for the elderly

*           Dogs for persons with learning disabilities

*           Dogs in rehabilitation projects 

Background

Bakeman Uri Co. has over 20 years’ experience in providing support dogs for patients, handicapped and elderly clients. Mr. Bakeman Uri, the professional manager and company founder, studied with top American experts on preparing assistance dogs for the disabled. Mr. Bakeman later developed unique work methods, especially for alert dogs for patients prone to sudden seizures. Bakeman Uri Co. has always believed in research and development in cooperation with scientists and has achieved impressive achievements in the field of assistance dogs that can perform up to 70 different tasks! The Assistance Dogs Division specializes in preparing dogs for patients and handicapped persons adapted to their physical, emotional and mental state. Every dog undergoes a special puppy test at an early stage and is tested on various measures to diagnose and characterize its properties and suitability for work as an assistance dog.

 

The person destined to receive the dog undergoes mapping for needs according to his state and instructions of the referring professionals. After determining the type of dog and locating the appropriate individual, the dog undergoes a series of training and exercises based on a deliberate schedule

specifically suited to the patient. The dog and patient receive a series of lessons and practical instruction on proper, efficient use of the dog, including in the patient’s home and vicinity, other family members etc.

 

Activities in the division

 

  1. Assistance dogs: dogs whose job it is to assist the physically challenged in everyday function. This category includes seeing eye dogs for the blind, hearing ear dogs for the deaf, assistance dogs for

physically handicapped, combined disability dogs (blind-deaf, deaf-disabled).

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  1. Alert dogs: dogs that notify of impending seizures in their owners. These dogs are able to provide early warning before seizures and can warn of an impending attack even 11 hours prior to the incident! This means one can either prevent the seizure or at least alleviate it and give the patient timely care. The work pertains mainly to epileptic seizures, hypoglycemia and hyperglycemia.

 

  1. Support dogs: these dogs are trained to provide support for mental patients and autistic persona, mainly by accompanying their owners and providing emotional and mental support.

 

  1. Assistance and escort dogs: dogs trained to escort their owners and help them as much as possible according to their needs. These dogs are mainly intended for Alzheimer patients who tend to become disoriented as well as companion dogs for the elderly who need help in their everyday function.

 

  • Aid dogs for Parkinson sufferers

These dogs help to steady the patient while walking.  They help him to rise after a fall and by exerting pressure his foot causing him to continue moving forward.

 

 

Seeing eye dogs – are the blind person’s eyes, from the moment they leave home or return, go up and down stairs, cross roads and avoid obstacles, locate objects at home etc.

Hearing ear dogs – are the deaf person’s ears. They notify when the doorbell rings, the baby cries, the fax rings, alarm clock, boiling kettle, baking in the oven etc.

Assistance dogs for the physically challenged – serve as hands and legs to the handicapped person, help pull a wheelchair, turn on the light, open and close doors, bring various objects, remove clothes, move around on a wheelchair etc.

Assistance dogs for multiple handicaps – deaf-blind, blind paraplegic etc.

Dogs for autistic persons – help parents with ongoing care for the child and facilitate better social relations in the child, help locate the child if it gets lost and many other things according to need.

Epileptic seizure dogs – notify of a seizure several hours before an attack. Particularly appropriate for children who sometimes need adult assistance in administering anti-seizure medication. The dog cares for both child or adult by notifying of an impending seizure and leading the person to a soft surface (should they fall) or by providing physical support in a fall. The dog may be fitted with an electronic device that automatically dials the child’s parent’s or care giver’s cellular phone.

Hypoglycemia and hyperglycemia notification dogs– notify prior to upsurge or downfall in sugar levels.

 

Therapy and welfare dogs – assist various populations in various mental difficulties. Therapy is designed according to the patient’s condition and physician’s instructions.

The most salient phenomenon regarding all types of assistance dogs and has already been scientifically proven, is the increase in the handicapped person’s self respect after receiving a dog. All those who keep dogs enjoy their ability to be released from total dependency on others, enjoy the dog’s friendship and the fact that dogs break social barriers with others who used to shun them.

The relationship with dogs reaches amazing heights!