3 Types of Assistance Dogs
Service dogs are trained to perform specific tasks, and the law even allows for owners to train their own dogs. There are many different types of disbilities that require a service, the most common are mobility problems, blindness, paralysis, epilepsy panic attacks, deafness, speech problems, and PTSD.
Emotional Support Dogs
These dogs are not required to be trained to perform a specific task. Their job is to be there for companionship, affection, and to provide comfort to their owner. You will see an emotional support dog for conditions like anxiety disorders, panic attacks, stress, social phobia, PTSD, and chronic depression.
Therapy dogs are not trained in a specific task, and much like emotional support dogs, are there for companionship. The difference is that they are generall used for patients in a hospital, nursing home, or other palliative care environment. A dog under this category is not afforded the same protections under the ADA as service dogs and emotional support dogs, and they may not be able to accompany you to as many public places.
History of International Assistance Dog WeekThis event was established due to the efforts of Marcie Davis, a paraplegic for over 35 years. As a member of a service dog team, she founded Working Like Dogs to honor assistance dogs around the world and is sponsoring International Assistance Dog Week.
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