Assistance Dog Types


Circle Tail provides service and hearing dogs.

Please note, we do not currently train psychiatric support dogs, medical alert dogs, or public access service dogs for children with Autism.

Picture of an Assistance Dog

Guide Dogs

Guide Dogs assist people who are blind or visually impaired by avoiding obstacles, stopping at curbs and steps, and negotiating traffic. The harness and U-shaped handle fosters communication between the dog and the blind partner. In this partnership, the human's role is to provide directional commands, while the dog's role is to insure the team's safety even if this requires disobeying an unsafe command. Note: Circle Tail DOES NOT train guide dogs. For reputable Guide dog organizations see www.assistancedogsinterantional.org or www.igdf.org.uk.

Hearing Dogs

Hearing Dogs assist individuals who are hearing impaired by alerting them to a variety of household sounds such as a door knock or doorbell, alarm clock, oven buzzer, telephone, baby cry, name call or smoke alarm. Dogs are trained to make physical contact and lead their hearing impaired partners to the source of the sound. Circle Tail trains hearing dogs for people with hearing impairments.

Service Dogs

Service dogs assist people with a variety of physical and/or mental disabilities other than vision or hearing loss. They may retrieve items, open and close doors, turn switches or alarms on/off, provide occasional balance support, or get help in an emergency. Circle Tail trains service dogs for people with physical disabilities. Please note, Circle Tail does not currently train psychiatric support dogs, medical alert dogs, or public access service dogs for children with Autism.