Types of Dogs

Contrary to popular belief, there are actually many classifications of service and working dogs. We've gathered a few to make it easy to see the different types and what they do. By clicking any of the tabs below it will show you their job, about the handler, and what the animal does for that classification.

Service Dogs
Working Dogs

Service Dogs
Where they can go:
Restaurants, shopping centers, libraries, hospitals, public transportation, as well as most other places. The only places that Service Animals are not allowed to go are Sterile Environments, such as a burn unit, or inside an operating room, or in a church if the church does not welcome the animal. 

Churches are allowed to say no to Service Animals because there is a separation of Church and State in our country. Unfortunately, that gives Churches the right to deny or refuse Service Animals from entering the building if they choose to.


Since no training is “required” most owners just get the CGC Certification.  Allergies, fear of dogs, and local health code laws are not legal reasons to deny a service dog from a building that allows the general public.

If someone
is allergic

When a person who is allergic to dog dander and a person who uses a service animal must spend time in the same room or facility, for example, in a school classroom, restaurant, or at a homeless shelter, they both should be accommodated by assigning them, if possible, to different locations within the room or different rooms in the facility.
 Source: ADA

Example from work

When I was working at Capital One, there was a manager named Abby that I worked with who was highly allergic to my dog Nox. So to make things easier on the both of us, I would ask the night cleaning crew to vacuum often in my area to prevent dander.

Although it is in the ADA requirements for a service dog to be properly groomed, and he was, I wanted to do everything possible to make it easier for my co-workers to not be disturbed.

While he was still in training, I would bring him up to the office on days with less or no one working to have him get used to an office environment at a young age.

Since this was done when he was only a few months old, he now knows when he’s in his vest, and especially in an office to be calm, quiet, and collected because as his handler, it makes me less stressed and easier to focus at work with my service animal by my side.

Here are some examples of Service Dogs and how they assist

Medical Alert

Help With
Panic Disorders
Suicide Prevention
Assisting the Blind
Assisting the Deaf
Assisting those
impaired physically
Low blood sugar in diabetics
Brain aneurysms
Traumatic brain injuries

Emotional Support Animals
Difference from a support dog
Service Dogs and Emotional Support Animals under the law. Psychiatric Service Animals are for disabilities such as PTSD, suicide prevention, Autism, Anxiety, Panic Disorders, etc. Emotional Support Animals are for comfort, only. Emotional Support Animals are basically pet dogs who are trained to comfort their owner for their depression, anger issues, etc.

Therapy Dog
Difference from a support dog
A Therapy Dog is a dog who goes into places to bring joy to other people such as patients in hospitals or nursing homes. Therapy Dogs are there for OTHER people and their sole purpose is to make people other than the handler happy. They often go into hospitals and visit the children's ward, or nursing homes to visit the residents there that were forced to leave their pets behind when moving into the nursing home. Therapy Dogs MUST be certified (usually through TDI - Therapy Dogs International) and must always ask permission from the establishment before entering the building. 


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