Often, we see service dogs with their human partners.
Even though we may not be able to make out what types of services those dogs are providing, one thing for sure that Human’s best friends are busy in keeping humans safe.
Service dogs are trained to help those people who suffer from different conditions such as: hearing, blind, diabetes, wheelchair bound person, non-verbal, autistic person, anxiety attack etc.
Americans with Disability Act (ADA) defines different types of service dogs as those who are trained to perform specific job for individuals with disabilities.
Service dogs can be:– Severe Allergy Alert (AAD), Autism Assistance, Brace/Mobility Support (BMSD), Diabetic Alert (DAD), Hearing, Medical Alert (MAD), Psychiatric Service (PSD), Seizure Response, Visual Assistance (Guide Dog), Wheelchair Assistance etc.
- Service Animal- any guide dog, signal dog, or other animal individually trained to aid an individual with a disability
- ESA- Emotional service animal, a person’s pet that has been prescribed by a person’s licensed therapist, psychologist, or psychiatrist as part of their treatment
- Therapy Animal-Provides affection and comfort to people to people in hospitals, nursing homes, schools, etc.…
Is it safe to pet service dogs? When we see service dogs we may get excited, happy and want to pet. STOP! Do not pet service dogs. Resist and control your excitement!! They are trained for specific conditions and must be alert. A straight distraction will affect dog’s sensory organ and in case the handler has panic attack dogs may not able to give necessary attention.