If you suffer serious injuries that leave you with limitations that affect your daily life, then you may want to consider getting a service dog. This type of animal can assist you with tasks that you can no longer do or that are difficult for you to do.
According to the American Kennel Club, service dogs are a special type of companion animal that has training and certification. They can be any breed of dog, but they have a specific purpose to help with the physical needs of their owners.
A service dog is not the same as an emotional support animal. These animals have no specific training or certification. They do not perform any specific duties other than offering comfort to their owners.
How they help
Research shows that dogs can provide many health benefits, such as lowering stress and increasing your fitness. They also can handle certain tasks you may be unable to do on your own, depending on their training. Good examples of how service dogs help include a medical alert dog that has training to detect seizures in its owner or a seeing-eye dog that helps a visually impaired owner navigate when walking.
Your service dog does not have to have professional training. You can train your dog on your own. Whether you obtain an animal through a professional service dog trainer or train a dog you already own depends on your own preference and abilities. It may be easier to get a dog already trained, depending on your disability and the disposition of the dog you own as not all dogs make ideal service animals.