How Service Dogs Are Trained for Cystic Fibrosis Patients


As this article from Hub City Service Dogs illustrates, service dogs can really benefit people with a wide range of chronic illnesses, including cystic fibrosis.

MORE: Ten benefits of having a service or therapy dog if you have a lung disease. 

The trainers work with the dogs to come up with a personalized plan, taking each patient’s needs into account. As every patient is different, each dog is trained differently.

For people living with cystic fibrosis, a service dog can provide valuable assistance with everyday living and be trained to alert people if you have a medical emergency. Service dogs offer practical help, companionship, and peace of mind for both patients and their loved ones.

Service dogs can be trained to fetch medications, alert their handlers if they are around lung irritants, open and close doors and carry groceries. There’s a long list of tasks service dogs can be trained to do to help those with cystic fibrosis conserve their energy when they’re unwell or just to make their daily lives a little bit easier.

MORE: The Frey Life share their cystic fibrosis journey in a Facebook Live event for Cystic Fibrosis News Today.

Cystic Fibrosis News Today is strictly a news and information website about the disease. It does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. This content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on this website.

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  1. Kim trexler says:

    I have cystic fibrosis and live alone and getting hard for me. I would love to know more about the service dog to help me especially when I can not move and start coughing blood

  2. Allen says:

    A friend of mine has kids with cf and I was curious as to if there are any programs to help pay for a service animal and training.

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