Service Dogs 101: Everything You Need To Know Before Getting A Service Dog

Simon Alvarez

Service dogs provide necessary aid to persons with disabilities. People who see these heroic animals with their handlers are often in awe of them, especially dog lovers. Below are some pieces of information for those looking for a service dog.

Therapy and emotional support animals do not have rights under the ADA. They aren't trained to perform specific tasks or work for their handlers. The primary purpose of therapy dogs is to provide companionship to people, like children in hospitals or veterans. Emotional support animals, on the other hand, provide support to people suffering from certain emotional or mental states, like depression and anxiety, reported The Huffington Post.

There are different ways to train a service dog. There are many non-profit organizations with programs that focus on training service dogs. For instance, 4 Paws for Ability, trains service animals to aid children with epilepsy, autism, and Down Syndrome. There are also private trainers who prepare dogs for a life of service. Sometimes experienced handlers, who have had a service dog or two in the past, decide to train their own animals, like the YouTuber, Chronically Jackie.