Edgar is a Service Dog that helps his handler (owner) with her seizures. He has been trained through thousands of hours to make sure she takes anti-seizure medications, call for medical help by pressing a specialized dog phone, and to pull his handler to safety if she has a seizure in an unsafe place. Edgar is his handler’s lifeline and helps her shop in the grocery store as well as other places where dog’s are not typically allowed.
Missy is an Emotional Support Animal. She helps console her owner in her home and when she travels for vacations. Missy only went through a couple of obedience classes, not the rigorous training that took Edgar the Service Dog years to complete. Missy is not lawfully allowed to enter grocery stores. She is only allowed where pet dogs also have access.
Want to learn more about the differences between a Service Dog and Emotional Support Animals? Visit the ADA’s FAQ site.