The Dogs that Give for Us to Live

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Tootsie, a Bernese Mountain Dog, who has been credentialed since January of 2018. She is 8 years old and still loves her job.

Caleb Peschke

Service dogs are specifically-trained to perform work for a person with a mental or physical impairment. Service dogs are valued companions. Common service dog breeds include German Shepherds, Labradors, and Golden Retrievers.

When thinking of who needs to use service dogs, eight out of ten people think of veterans who are unable to get around easily or cope with their PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder). William Daughtery, a Vietnam veteran, has a service dog that helps him cope with both impairments.

Emotional Support Dogs or Companion Dogs provide emotional comfort to their owners with disabilities but do not require any extra training.

A law instituted back in 2018, the ADA Service Dog Laws, makes it illegal to discriminate against service dogs and their owners. However, if questioned, you must provide proof and licensing that your dog is certified.

Recently, there have been new specifications for what a service dog can help a human with.  Dogs are now able to be emotional support and can be brought to colleges if the situation is called for.

The average cost for a service dog through its lifetime ranges from $20,000 to $60,000 depending on how many individuals or tasks it needs to serve. Service Dogs are not pets, which means petting them is not allowed unless given permission by the owner.

Retrievers were the most popular dog breed for such a task due to their family bonding ability and way of remaining calm in most situations. The worst kind of emotional support dog is the Chihuahua. Service dogs require care, but the rewards are priceless.

Another amazing thing service dogs are able to help their owners with are living more independent lives. They help with mobility and traveling.

With the ongoing pandemic and stressful year that people are enduring, it is good to know that such animals walk this earth to help those in need.