The most obvious difference between capuchin monkeys and other service animals is their dexterous hands and amazing fine motor skills. This enables them to perform tasks such as:
- turning pages
- scratching itches
- retrieving dropped objects
- inserting straws into bottles
- turning on buttons/switches for remotes, phones, computers, etc.
- repositioning limbs on a wheelchair
Other differences include:
- their long life span of 30-40 years
- small size which allows them to cuddle in their human partner’s lap or nook of their neck
- monkeys have hair, like humans, which helps to alleviates problems with fur-related allergies
Monkeys also have a strong sense of hierarchy which provides the motivation to care for and be cared for by their human partner. Helping Hands trainers and placement staff utilize this natural hierarchy to create a mutually beneficial and nurturing relationship between the monkey and the recipient.