A pug named Pei Pei from Vero Beach, Florida can dial emergency services by pressing a button on a phone for her owner who suffers from post-traumatic stress syndrome and hearing loss. The man who is helped by her is a military veteran, who says he would probably be home-bound much more without her.
Pei Pei has also been trained to do the following things to help him:
- Make circles around him when he is in a crowd if he feels panicked, to keep people away.
- Lick his face when is having a nightmare.
- Run in circles if the smoke alarm is activated.
- Get his attention when the doorbell rings.
Pei Pei was adopted from a shelter and trained by Dogs for Life, an accredited animal assistance training center. They have been working with assistance animals for thirty years. Every year the also provide educational workshops for the public about dogs and how to train them. They are located in Vero Beach. Assistance Dog International says 18-24 months old is an optimal window for selecting a dog for an assistance training program.
The dog pictured above is a pug puppy – not the Vero Beach pug.
Image Credit: Snottywong