It’s time once again to recognize and appreciate the life-changing work service and therapy dogs do in helping people who may be blind, deaf, or in a wheelchair. There are dogs that help people with diabetes, who suffer seizures, or endure long hospital stays to treat a serious illness. Working dogs are also trained to help people with mental health issues, as well as military veterans suffering from physical and emotional disabilities.
Service dogs are trained by special organizations from the time they are puppies. Once fully trained, the dogs are placed in the home of someone with a disability, or perhaps with an autistic child, to live with and be of service to that person for the rest of their lives.
Therapy dogs, on the other hand, form one half of a visiting team with a human partner. The team goes through extensive training, and once training is complete, they do therapy visits in settings like hospitals, schools for children with autism, and other facilities.