Have you noticed more and more dogs showing up in public places that you’ve never seen them before? These are probably service dogs, emotional support dogs or therapy dogs – specially trained animals that perform a variety of life changing and lifesaving skills for their human counterparts. There seems to be growing confusion over the presence and legitimacy of service animals in any variety of public spaces, not to mention hard questions about where they are and are not legally allowed. This infographic by Orvis is a great way to clarify some of the most common questions about them and is also an excellent way to get people acclimated to seeing dogs in new environments. It specifically compares Service Dogs, Emotional Support Dogs and Therapy Dogs, what they do and how they contribute to their owners and handlers. True service dogs and their humans will greatly benefit from the support provided by greater awareness of their presence and legitimacy.
An infographic by Orvis.