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Different Types of Service Dogs and Their Jobs

All dogs are good dogs, at least in our book. However, there is a group of trained professionals who do a little more good than the rest. These canines are service dogs.

For someone who is unfamiliar with the fundamentals of the working dog world, there are many different types of service dogs, each with their own specializations.

Though still working dogs, therapy dogs and emotional support animals do not fall into the category of service dogs. This distinction is made because of the training and specificity of tasks that are required of service dogs. Therapy dogs and emotional support animals do not have the same access to public facilities as service dogs, namely businesses, government buildings, restaurants, hospitals, schools, hotels, or places of employment.

Service dogs are trained to respond to the specific needs of their handlers. These needs are directly associated with a physical, sensory, psychiatric, or mental disability. The service dogs trained to assist, alert, or respond is these situations can be categorized based on the tasks needed and the dog’s specific abilities.

Autism Service Dogs

Hearing Dogs

Mobility Dogs

Diabetic Alert Dogs

Allergy Detection Dogs

Seizure Alert/Response Dogs

While many of these types of service dogs can be sorted by the trained skills of the dog and the disability of their handler, each situation is different. Service dogs’ abilities are trained based on the individual needs of their handler. The disabilities and specific needs of the person determine what abilities their service dog must have and what tasks the dog is required to perform.

dogIDs offers tags specifically for therapy dogsemotional support animals and service dogs. We also have service dog supplies for all types of working dogs.

About McKaila Ruud

McKaila started her journey with dogIDs as a Product Marketing Intern and has since moved into the role of Production Specialist and Blogger. She is an aspiring dog mom, and gets her puppy-fix by making friends with the dogs that live in her building. You can usually find her drinking coffee and saying hello to every dog she sees.