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MS service dogs can help brace people when they get up and down (beds, seats), help with movement from room to room, and sense when their charge is tired and so will nudge a fatigued person towards a chair (or someplace where he or she can lean) or remind them when they need to take medication. We are also able to pull a wheelchair, fetch a cane or retrieve dropped items.
Balance dogs must have excellent manners, master basic obedience skills (sit, stay, come, down, stand, heel (on the left side), place (on the right side), back, etc.) and go potty on cue. They must also exhibit good social behavior (no aggression, no begging, no undesirable playful activity, etc.). Cues must be obeyed both on and off lead. A balance dog can be trained to respond to voice commands, hand signals and whistles.
For current laws on a Service Dog, please refer to the ADA (American Disability Act) located here, New ADA Service Animal Definition July 23, 2010
In July the ADA released a questions and answers pamphlet, you can find it here ->Service Animals Questions and Answers from the ADA