Psychiatric Service Dog vs Emotional Support Animal: A Comparison

Alerting their handler when they sense the onset of a psychiatric episode, such as a panic attack or anxiety attack
Providing grounding and reality checks during episodes, such as interrupting repetitive behaviors or nudging their handler to focus on their surroundings
Retrieving medication or emergency supplies on command
Assisting with mobility and balance, such as helping their handler stand up from a seated position

It’s important to note that psychiatric service dogs are not pets, but rather highly trained working animals. They are granted legal protections under the ADA, including the right to accompany their handler in public places, such as restaurants, stores, and hotels, as long as they are well-behaved and under control.

“Psychiatric service dogs offer a unique form of assistance to those with mental health conditions. Their extensive training allows them to provide specific, valuable support to their handlers.”