Thank you for your post. I actually train dogs for search and rescue service, police service and I have occasionally trained for dementia patients. I am sorry I didn't see your post earlier. Just in terms of breed I would select the Mastador considering the tasks you wish the dog to perform. That being said, I cannot emphasis enough the importance of selection. The size of a Mastador would be to your benefit. You will need a dog strong enough to support you (and could handle if you fell onto him) and to potentially lift heavy objects and access objects on high counters etc. I would look for a dog who is very in tune to you, is submissive to you, who is able to stop play (even at a young age) with one direct command, is capable of a large vocabulary, doesn't react to strange noises/people/excitement with barking, territorial behavior, lunging behavior. A little piece of advice, please do not consider how cute or loving the dog is when selecting a service dog. You must find a dog who's nature lends itself towards service. Dogs who are placed into the position/job of service when it is against their nature/personality will not work. The job of a service dog can be very stressful. Just like people, some dogs thrive on that kind of stress and some dogs do not. The dog's well being is second to your well being. They must ALWAYS follow the rules and be quick to learn. Breeds you may also consider are anatolian shepherds, german shepherds (depending on height), possible greyhound and wolfhounds. You really need the height of the dog. A submissive Anatolian Shepherd might be ideal for what you describe as your needs.
Let me know if I may be of further assistance.
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