"Since Flynn was only about 7 months at the time of the accident, he was, and still is, learning to ignore people petting him," Hailey explained. "We understand our dogs are super cute, but they are really important for our safety and health."
"The dog is part of a team," Jessica Reiss, of Canine Companions for Independence (CCI) told The Dodo. "It becomes almost an extension of that person, just like someone's wheelchair ... besides the fact that the dog is part of who you are, that touching can distract the dog from what they need to do."
CCI is a nonprofit that trains assistance dogs, including companion dogs and service dogs, and then matches them to people with disabilities. CCI does not train medical alert dogs like Flynn.