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The fine differences between service dogs, therapy dog and emotional support animals

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A dog is man’s best friend and proves it in many different ways. From providing simple companionship at one end to providing total service support for physically and mentally impaired, the dog is more than worth his weight in gold, especially when trained as a service dog.

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The fine differences between service dogs, therapy dog and emotional support animals

  1. 1. The Fine Differences between Service Dogs, Therapy dog and Emotional Support Animals
  2. 2. • A dog is man’s best friend and proves it in many different ways. From providing simple companionship at one end to providing total service support for physically and mentally impaired, the dog is more than worth his weight in gold, especially when trained as a service dog. • Therapy dogs also provide invaluable services to their owners. Emotional dogs may not be trained but the emotional support they provide and the affection they give their owners is beyond compare. They all provide services of one kind or the other but there are distinctions. Introduction
  3. 3. • Therapy dogs can be compared to general practitioners who, after extensive training, do the rounds and provide physiological or psychological therapy to patients, if they are on general duty. If assigned to a specific owner they serve as helpful companions and improve social interaction thus delivering a therapeutic effect. • In order to qualify as one, a therapy dog must undergo training and must be certified as also carry a therapy ID, which is not the case with emotional support animals. Service dogs have specific tasks for which they are trained whereas therapy dogs provide more generalized physical and mental support that helps a disturbed individual regain balance. • Whereas a service dog may remain aloof, therapy dogs are trained to be socially interactive with humans and are friendlier in nature. Therapy dogs
  4. 4. • You can pick any puppy or dog and make him your companion. In the case of physically or mentally challenged individuals, such animals provide the much required emotional support due to which they are termed emotional support animals. They have neither the training nor the specialized skills to handle specific tasks but simply work as loving companions to their handlers. Emotional Support Animals
  5. 5. • Service dogs are specialists trained extensively for nearly a year or more to carry out precisely specified tasks. Such dogs are required to be aloof, never bark, always accompany their handlers and be alert to recognize symptoms which trigger them to act. They are trained not to bark and will recognize voice commands as well as hand gestures as well as “sniff” out symptoms even before the handlers are aware of it and take action to alert the owner or people nearby and render assistance. You could say he is almost human in the way he observes, analyzes and takes action to help his handler. Service Dogs
  6. 6. • Laws apply to service dogs, therapy dogs and emotional support animals. Service dogs have the right to accompany their handlers even in places where pets are forbidden and are protected by the ADA. Emotional support animals may be forbidden entry but are allowed in housing with rules that do not allow pets. Service dogs must carry a photo ID and information about trainers as also about their owners and their disability with contact numbers. A therapy dog must also be equipped with a therapy ID obtained from a Animalidshop specializing in such tags. • It is not all work and no play for all three categories. When they are not providing the vital services to their human masters, they can sleep, eat play and relax. Conclusion
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