What is a service dog?

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Why does your dog need a vest?

Known simply as "man's best friend," dogs are famous for being one of the most loving and loyal pets that a person can own. Because of their intelligence and caring nature, dogs have been used as "service dogs" to assist individuals who cannot live alone.

There are many different types of service dogs, including:

  • Hearing dogs
  • Mobility dogs
  • Seizure alert/response dogs
  • Autism dogs
  • Psychiatric service dogs
  • Therapy dogs
  • And even emotional support dogs
With so many different types of service dogs, it is important that the individuals who use these dogs also alert the public that these dogs are special. This is why it is crucial that any type of service dog wears a working dog vest or support dog vest while it is assisting its owner. So many times, when people see dogs, they automatically want to pet them. However, because service dogs are always watching out for their owners, their focus cannot be interrupted.

Service Dogs

Service dogs are specially trained dogs that can help disabled individuals complete tasks. Most service dogs are trained and even bred by certified service dog organizations. American Pit Bull Terriers, German Shepherds, Labrador Retrievers, and Golden Retrievers are popular breeds of dogs used to assist disabled individuals. These dogs are trained to switch on lights, turn on water, and assist their owner in any way.

Therapy Dogs

Therapy dogs are not a typical sort of service dog, because they only go through basic obedience training. These dogs are specifically trained to provide people in nursing homes, disaster areas, hospices, retirement homes, hospitals, and schools with comfort and affection. Therapy dogs come in all different breeds and sizes.

Emotional Support Dogs

Emotional support dogs differ from other service dogs, because they are not specifically trained to perform tasks that are directly related to an individual's disability. Owners most often keep emotional support dogs to help them in the case that the owner becomes anxious, or overly emotional.

Service Dog Etiquette

The number one job of a service dog is assisting an individual who has a disability. When their owner is in a public setting, many people are tempted to pet and play with it. However, when a service dog is wearing its support vest, it is necessary for it to remain focused on its job. But when the gear is removed, they are often more relaxed and friendly.