Kyra Ensbey from Bright Bessy Dog Training.
Kyra Ensbey from Bright Bessy Dog Training.

Person’s need should determine breed if picking assistance dog

Question - My daughter, who is intellectually and physically impaired (she is in a wheelchair), wants me to buy her a great dane to be trained as her assistance dog.

What are your thoughts?


Answer - Even though great danes are awesome dogs, I feel they may be too large for your daughter's needs.

She needs to have a breed of dog that is easily manoeuvrable in enclosed spaces, one that can fit into public transport and one that will not be destructive in shops through its sheer size.

For example, tails at that height can cause a lot of ­damage.

Your daughter also will not be able to see past the dog while she is in her wheelchair.


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