What Is A Service Dog?

I have realized that I haven’t explained what a service dog was. It has been on my mind because I’m constantly having to explain what they are to my coworkers. Better late than never, right?

A service dog is a dog trained to perform a task or tasks that mitigates an individuals disability. Service dogs are meant to be used as a tool to improve quality of life. They are not pets that makes an individual “feel better.” That is the definition of an emotional support dog and they are not allowed in public places. 

There is a third working dog called a therapy dog. Therapy dogs make multiple people feel better by giving affection and aren’t always trained. They too are not allowed in public places.

I’m trying hard not to go on too much about this topic. I could probably write a book on this topic alone, but I won’t do that to you. I think I will just leave you with the basic information for now. I don’t want to overwhelm anybody. 

Thanks for reading!


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