Service Dog is a term used to describe a number of different Assistance animals. Some are more highly trained than others with slight variations. Choosing which designation is a matter of preference.
1. SERVICE DOG:
The broadest title defines a wide variety of assistance animals. This may include dogs that simply provide a calming effect for those with anxiety, stress or PTSD to more highly trained Balance assistance, Diabetic alert, Seizure to Seeing Eye dogs. Service dogs may be of any size or breed. Service Dog designation is most recommended as it defines such a large variety.
2. EMOTIONAL SUPPORT DOG:
Emotional support dogs provide comfort and companionship. They often assist those with conditions such as Depression, Anxiety, Stress, Panic Attacks, and PTSD to name a few. These animals may also be designated as Service Dogs. ESA are often prescribed by a licensed therapist or mental health professional.
3. THERAPY DOGS:
Therapy dogs are typically not highly trained but usually have a soft comforting nature. They are utilized by those conditions similar to those of Emotional Support. Therapy dogs are not recognized and protected by ADA rules and may not be given the same access rights as Service or ESA dogs. ESA is suggested as a better designation for those wishing to take their dogs to public places.
4. PTSD DOG:
(Post Traumatic Stress Disorder)This designation is for those suffering from a trauma. PTSD dogs vary in training ability but typically provide a calming effect for their handlers in stressful situations.
5. DIABETIC ALERT:
Diabetic Alert dogs are often highly trained with the ability to notify their handlers that they need to take their medication and prevent a diabetic incident.