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The Difference Between Service, Therapy, Assistance and Working Dogs  Petful


Service dog, therapy dog, working dog — what’s the difference, and does it really matter?

We explain “service dog vs. therapy dog.”  The answers are yes and yes! Yes, there is a big difference between the classifications. Yes, it does matter to the dog, the handler and the public in general.


Guide Dogs for The Blind is more than an industry-leading guide dog school; they are a passionate community that serves the visually impaired. With exceptional client services and a robust network of trainers, puppy raisers, donors and volunteers, they prepare highly qualified guide dogs to serve and empower individuals who are blind or have low vision. All of the services are provided free of charge; as they receive no government funding.

Guide to Psychiatric Service Dogs for Mental Health Treatment  MorningSide Recovery

While we would all like to think of our pets as providing a service, this is not always the case. A psychiatric service dog (PSD) is a true service animal and is much more than a pet. Service animals are highly trained to help their owner with tasks that they cannot do themselves that are considered life-limiting. A psychiatric service dog is a service animal that is trained to aid its owner in curtailing certain behaviors associated with a mental illness along with everyday tasks.

A Guide to Service Dogs in Your Life

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For some people with disabilities, a service dog may open the world up for them. Service dogs can assist the blind and hearing impaired, as they are classically known for, but they can also help those with seizures, diabetes, a mobility impairment, and even post-traumatic stress disorder.

The Americans with Disabilities Act allows service dogs to travel with their owners and enter restaurants, hotels, planes, and other places that pets would not generally be permitted.


Life-changing companions: How to afford a service dog 

Service dogs are trained to provide assistance and therapy to various people with disabilities. They can aid in navigation for people who are visually impaired, assist a child who is having a seizure, calm a veteran who suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and can even dial 911 in the event of an emergency. Many individuals depend on service dogs to help them live their everyday lives.


Naturally, service dogs require extensive training. That training, in addition to veterinary costs, staff and dog trainers, registration and more, runs the average cost of a service dog between $20,000 and $60,000. For many individuals who need a service dog, these costs can be way out of their budget. However, there are several options to make a service dog more affordable, and many organizations provide service dogs free of charge to qualified veterans.


There are several organizations that provide free or partial financial assistance to veterans, those who are visually impaired, and physically disabled individuals in need. They also provide alternative methods of financing a service dog, even if you don’t meet the specific requirements to receive full financial assistance.

More than Emotional Support:  How Support Animals Improve Recovery from Substance Use Disorders  Laguna Shores

Having a support animal can have a positive impact on people who are in recovery for substance addiction. This is especially true of pet dogs, which are both helpful and natural companions for humans. Scientists researching the human-companion animal bond have found that by simply being in the presence of a pet, you can improve your general state of mental, social and physiological health. ​​​1 Dogs, in particular, have been known to help humans ease stress.