The job of a Service Dog is to provide affection and comfort to the elderly and all age groups.  Service Dogs must have a very specific personality in order to work in places like hospitals, schools, and nursing homes. They must be kind, patient, obedient and be able to offer comfort. Another name for a Service Dog is a Therapy dog and this is what it means in the life of a therapy dog.

There are many disabilities that humans suffer from and there are therapy dogs for almost every kind of disability and condition. Also, people with mental illness can find support and comfort in a therapy dog. In the life of a therapy dog, they do what they are trained to do. They don’t judge and are not critical, or prejudice. They only know about love and that the person with the disability needs them.

Science and research has now discovered that dogs can read human emotions. They studied 17 different breeds who faced people on a screen. There were 2 tests that were performed in 10 trials. They were showed the same people with unfamiliar but playful happy faces of both humans and dogs verses people with angry/aggressive faces. The dogs became aggressive when the angry faces were paired with an angry voice. The opposite was true when faced with a happy face and voice. Also the dogs seemed to perfer other dogs faces than human faces.

People who suffer from symptoms of mental disorders, psychological disorders, and emotional disorders can be helped tremendously with the aide from a therapy dog. There are some strict guidelines when people  need a therapy dog. They must be evaluated by a licensed medical professional or therapist. The person must be diagnosed with a disability. Here are some disabilities a person must suffer from in order to obtain a therapy dog.

Emotional Disorders:

1. Phobias

2. Depression

3. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

4. Anxiety (both adult and children)

5. Bipolar Disorder

6. Social Phobias

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