Pet Talk: September is National Service Dog Month

From providing companionship to keeping an eye-out for medical emergencies, emotional support and service dogs assist their handlers in a variety of ways.

While both roles are vital for the well-being of their owners, their job descriptions are not the same— an emotional support animal is a companion animal that can benefit its owner by providing comfort to the individual for a number of medically deemed reasons, while a service dog is a working animal that has been trained to aid people with disabilities such as visual or hearing impairments, mental disorders, mobility impairment, and diabetes.

As a member of Patriot Paws of Aggieland since 2016, Angelica Frazer, a Texas A&M student and certified service dog trainer, understands the important roles service dogs play in their handlers’ lives. Patriot Paws focuses on training service dogs to assist those who have combat-related disabilities such as mobility issues or post-traumatic stress

 

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