13 December 2018

Differences Between Service Dogs

The differences between different types of service dog: Therapy dogs, Emotional support dogs (and other animals), and Assistance dogs. Final Project ...

a service dog by definition is a term

used in the USA to refer to any type of persistent dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities such as visual impairment hearing impairments mental disorders seizures mobility impairment and diabetes service dogs can be broken down into three basic categories therapy dogs emotional support dogs and assistant dogs to begin therapy dogs are dogs that are trained to revive affection and comfort - but not limited to residents and hospitals retirement homes schools and disaster areas therapy dogs tend to often be breeds such as golden retrievers who are known for their calm demeanor and gentle personalities these dogs however are not protected by the Federal Housing Act for Americans with Disabilities Act which basically lets service dogs be allowed in housing areas where normally pets would not be allowed in this is because therapy dogs are normally handled by someone who is not in need of a service but would rather use their dog to bring comfort to others emotional support dogs are next on our list and are quite controversial in the service dog world according to Wikipedia emotional support dogs are companion animals though the

medical professional says provides some benefit for a person disabled by a mental health condition or emotional disorder emotional support animals are typically dogs but sometimes cats or other animals yeah moving on like therapy dogs emotional support dogs are also not protected by the Federal Housing Act or Americans with Disabilities Act while they can provide comfort emotional support dogs are not trained to provide comfort and as such they do not provide a service through their handler emotional support dogs can also be a wide range of different breeds of dogs as long as the dog in question can bring the handler a sense of comfort and support and they Bri the dog can be considered a good fit for an emotional support dog finally we arrive at assistant dog's assistant dogs are dogs trained to aid or assist an individual with a disability many are trained by an assistant dog organization or by their handler often with the help of a professional trainer these dogs are trained specifically to provide a service to their handler that the handler cannot do by themselves normally

such as opening doors giving warning to medical conditions or alerting to ringing phones as these salts can provide the necessary service to their handlers everyday-life assistant dogs are the only type of service dog that is protected by the Federal Housing Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act this means that hotels that normally don't allow pets must allow service dogs to stay with their handlers while in the hotel rooms as well as apartments or rented homes that don't normally allow pets assistant dogs unlike emotional support dogs go through a long process of service dog training before they can eventually be of use of their new handler some assistant dog trainings begin when they are puppies and can last until they are two years old depending on what they need to learn not to mention that some assistant dog trainings can cost well over $15,000 in the end there are many different types of service dogs and not all of them can be categorized in the only three different categories every year new different types of services that dogs can provide are being discovered as we train with them more

and more stay tuned for next week when we discuss service dogs in public and whether or not you should approach them spoiler the answer's no