Meet Finnegan McNeil, a toy schnauzer and hearing alert service dog. He helps his dad navigate the world safely by alerting him to important sounds such as sirens, alarms, doorbells and cell phone rings with physical cues, such as pushing his nose to his dad’s hand.
Finnegan’s owner has hearing loss associated with Meniere's disease, and he relies on his service dog to keep him safe both in public and private spaces.
Finnegan spent two years training to perform his special task, and when he is on the job, he must stay focused. Service dogs like Finnegan can aid with a wide range of disabilities, from the physical to sensory, psychiatric, intellectual and mental. They help their owners in many critical ways — by retrieving objects, pulling wheelchairs, turning on light switches, pushing elevator buttons, opening and closing doors or finding help.