About Service Dogs
Service and Emotional Support Dogs are invaluable partners for individuals living with disabilities. They provide greater independence, freedom from fear, peace of mind and support and with the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act, individuals with disabilities have been given the right to have their service dogs with them in public spaces, buildings and facilities.
Service Dogs assist people with physical, neurological, or psychological disabilities to perform everyday tasks by helping them overcome limitations caused by the disability. They increase the handler's independence and freedom. They can provide alerts before the handler experiences a medical problem or assist when the problem occurs. They provide a wide range of assistance to address every kind of physical limitation. They alert people with hearing impairments to sounds such as doorbells or ringing phones. They can help people with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) or Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) to function successfully in public by helping them feel secure and easing stressful situations. Each Service Dog/handler team is individually trained to address the unique needs of the handler.
Emotional Support Dogs provide therapeutic support (as opposed to the physical support from a Service Dog) to an owner through companionship, non-judgmental positive regard, affection, and a focus in life. Just as Service Dogs do, Emotional Support Dogs increase the handler's independence and freedom.
Pet Education and Therapy provides Service Dog and Emotional Support Dog training to help with the specific needs of the handler. The dog and the handler are trained to work together to help overcome the specific challenges faced by the handler. Service Dog and Emotional Support Dog training includes teaching the dog how to behave appropriately in every type of public setting they may encounter, including cars, elevators, public transportation, restaurants, churches, wheelchairs, crowds, other dogs, and noises and distractions.