What's The Difference Between a Service Dog, Therapy Dog, and an Emotional Support Dog?

What's The Difference Between a Service Dog, Therapy Dog, and an Emotional Support Dog?

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ADA Requirements: Service Animals

Service Dog

Right to Emotional Support Animals in “No Pet” Housing

Fair Housing Act

Air Carrier Access Act

Assistance Dogs International: ADI Guide to Assistance Dog Laws

Mader, Bonnie, Lynette A. Hart, Bonita Bergen. (1989). Social Acknowledgments for Children with Disabilities: Effects of Service Dogs. Child Development 60.6 doi:10.2307/1130941


  1. TheFequalsMA on November 24, 2019 at 8:56 am

    Both are scams

  2. Sarah Simon on November 24, 2019 at 8:56 am

    I have had a series of seizures twice in less than 1 year. Are there dogs trained to help with seizures?

  3. eva ku on November 24, 2019 at 8:58 am

    puppy *sleeps throughout the whole vid*

  4. Jack K on November 24, 2019 at 8:59 am

    Wow, Rue sure is gorgeous.

  5. Jennifer Bennett on November 24, 2019 at 9:01 am

    Lovely ainmals service

  6. darlene roach on November 24, 2019 at 9:02 am

    Hi Zak, I am an animal lover! Would you do some videos that show us how to train our dog to pickup things we drop like keys, paper, our purse, ink pen things of this nature. I’ve tried to get my Yorkie Girl, Bailey to pickup my car keys; but she wants no part of picking up such things. She is very smart but she has a lot of anxiety due to complications after her last set of yearly shots when she was a year old, she is 7 now. I have mobility issues I was born with cp later developing an added muscular disorder. If I can teach her to pick things up for me it would be very helpful. Love all your training videos and your personality is awesome. And that pup is fab, such a sweet, loving little guy…

  7. Jim Isnardy on November 24, 2019 at 9:02 am

    That floppy puppy is so cute!!!!!

  8. pranjal chitransh on November 24, 2019 at 9:03 am

    What breed is it?

  9. Amanda Chancheck on November 24, 2019 at 9:03 am

    What breed is Roux?

  10. Sparky Mutt on November 24, 2019 at 9:03 am

    What if you get exstream anxiety in public places. I tend too worry. Shake. Studder. But having my dog helps me. What do i do in that situation?

  11. cam's blue space on November 24, 2019 at 9:05 am

    I wish you were my brother

  12. Henry Amione on November 24, 2019 at 9:07 am

    see and I was terrified that I was doing something illegal, CHARLEES MOVING TO CALIFORNIA!

  13. IDEAOLOGY on November 24, 2019 at 9:09 am

    What breed is this dog?

  14. Miss Hedley on November 24, 2019 at 9:11 am

    My favorite line : 1:45

  15. ihartevil on November 24, 2019 at 9:11 am

    if i am on my own and go into a big store it would be a good idea for me to have a service animal because i can have anxiety and also i have dissociated before when i was taking care of my sisters dogs and one of them licked me to knock me out of an anxiety attack

    having one around in my future might be a decent thing but i am not thinking that far ahead yet because i might not need one at all and they are a lot of work so it might be more negative then positive

    thx for this ha bisky vid i got to prove somebody wrong in the comment section thanks to you

    you do need the ribbons to show it is a service dog and getting those means you need to jump through hoops at least 3 times and its usually 3 times and you need a therapist and sometimes a psychiatrist to help you

    showing a video with how behaved your dog is and the tricks it can do can help out a lot

  16. Max White on November 24, 2019 at 9:11 am

    so glad that you have a vid on this! Im talking to my therapist to see if i should talk to my doctor about a psychiatric service dog, and shes not really informed on the difference between PSDs and ESAs. I am trying to teach her but im so scared she’s gonna tell me i need an ESA rather than a PSD. when i know a PSD will make my life better with the tasks.

  17. Kyoumi masu on November 24, 2019 at 9:11 am

    I’m looking into maybe getting an ESA… I have a dog already but she’s not trained. I wonder if when you talk to your therapist about getting one, do they point you to a group or shelter that has ESAs? I would guess that you couldn’t just get any dog since they’d need a calm disposition and at least slightly trained to pick up when you are having problems like anxiety or depression lows. My current dog doesn’t care if I’m upset or not which is probably something you don’t want in an ESA.

  18. Doeheart ! on November 24, 2019 at 9:13 am

    I don’t know which is best for me or if I should have any at all cause I have extreme anxiety to the point if I don’t have like ear buds for a phone on me I’ll just go straight into a panic attack an I won’t be able to function around people at all An when my anxiety is already bad loud noises or really being around people is really impossible for me cause the only thing I’ll be able to do is go to a conner make myself as small as I can An well sob am barley make a noise but some days i am ok but most of the time
    If one thing goes wrong in a day my head kinda quits An won’t be able to do much for the rest of the day An cause of that when this stuff happens. I can’t really get much school work or anything else done cause most of the day I’m focus an busy managing that to focus on really anything else so what should do ??? >< this is probably stupid

  19. Carol Jenny on November 24, 2019 at 9:17 am

    OMG what an adorable face!

  20. Kristin Smith on November 24, 2019 at 9:18 am

    I have been doing tons of research on this topic and no one seems to have any clear, concise information except for you! This was wonderfully presented, easy to understand and incredibly helpful, thank you so much!

  21. lapradej.2024 Unknown on November 24, 2019 at 9:26 am

    See my mom said I don’t need a emotional companionship dog but my dog ever since I got him made me feel safe and helped me so much with my anxiety and depression and she keeps saying “you just want to bring him everywhere and he doesn’t even have training” but he really does help me and it’s not just because I want to take him everywhere so my mom thinks I’m faking him helping me so I don’t know what to do any advice?

  22. Chance on November 24, 2019 at 9:27 am

    Can a therapy dog be used for you to like keep yourself calm?

  23. Julia H. on November 24, 2019 at 9:29 am

    My service dog almost washed (dropped out) bc of a fake service dog tried to attack her

  24. peace and love on November 24, 2019 at 9:29 am

    How to start emotional therapy dog group?

  25. A.C. Turner on November 24, 2019 at 9:29 am

    I have a question. If a non service dog has the proper training, but isnt performing a task, is it still an issue if they go into public, other than, you know, not actually having public access rights?

  26. Delilah Gillis on November 24, 2019 at 9:29 am

    Why a darling dog love his fact & ears.

  27. Mobstar Hipstar on November 24, 2019 at 9:30 am

    oooo the dog is adorwable

  28. mocha island on November 24, 2019 at 9:31 am


  29. Diana on November 24, 2019 at 9:31 am

    What breed of dog is this?

  30. Till Stark HTD fan on November 24, 2019 at 9:32 am

    Not sure if my dog should be an emotional support animal or a service animal she helps with my anxiety

  31. lillian karolak on November 24, 2019 at 9:32 am

    Ok so I’m looking in to getting my anxiety diagnosed I’m not big into taking meds, I have a puppy who I have been training to meet the standards of a service dog , I’m worried that I will get regected if I ask my doctor about getting a service dog , an example of when I believe a SD would have helped I was in a crowded store and there were people yelling at there kids and just it was a lot , I started to have a panic attack I back my self into a corner because of my mental state I became lost and couldn’t find an exit even though it was a small store. I believe having a dog that was trained to find exits when I get like this or a dog that stands in front of me to keep people from coming and trying to help me ( which usually makes it worse) would help in situations like this
    Does anybody know if I get diagnosed with something , is there a possibility a SD would get recommended for something like this ?

  32. Tyrone Shoemaker on November 24, 2019 at 9:33 am

    Good information bringing clarity to the differences. I am interested in service dog training and realized there appears to be a lack of trainers that are in the state of Louisiana. Just found out we are in the same city and learning more about your approach to dog training. We have our differences but overall you do good work. Wish you continued success.

  33. Andrianna Riggs on November 24, 2019 at 9:34 am

    Puppies & matured dogs have been our companions since time unknown to us. They are not simply watch dogs, but much beyond that. They are our best friends and companions when we need the company of someone in loneliness. They provide us mental solace and address our stress. Their company works much more than medicines and conventional therapies. I’ve been keeping a puppy as an ESA for my grand uncle under the recommendations of Pet Support doctors and he is responding fine to the pet therapy.

  34. Service Dog In Training Chopper on November 24, 2019 at 9:41 am

    I’d add to please not distract or pet a service dog. They are, after all, on the job. Also, the ACAA does not force airline to allow in animals. They leave it up to the airline. Thus Delta’s horrid not allowing Pitbull Service Dogs on board. Though they are trained just the same as any other service dog. But airlines aren’t governed by the ADA and should be. If anything, since ESAs don’t require any training, they are likely to act out on an airplane then a properly trained service dog. I would also add in the possibilty of owner training your own service dog. That is legal as long as the dog is properly trained. It is that allowance that allows someone like myself to gain the amazing benefits of a service animal having not one, but 3 mental disabilities and a physical disability.

  35. Howling_Wolf on November 24, 2019 at 9:42 am

    So I clicked on this to educate myself on the difference between different kinds of working dogs
    Great video!

  36. JustCaLeIgH xox on November 24, 2019 at 9:42 am

    I have anxiety. What should I label dog?

  37. upinsmoke2897 on November 24, 2019 at 9:43 am

    Service dogs are for people who actually need assistance.

  38. Dani Alexandria on November 24, 2019 at 9:44 am

    can you make some service dog training videos please.

  39. Alé Salas on November 24, 2019 at 9:46 am


  40. Nada Khan on November 24, 2019 at 9:46 am

    What breed is Roux? He looks so much like our dog whose breed we haven’t been able to identify yet.

  41. Audio on November 24, 2019 at 9:46 am


  42. PictureMeThis 77 on November 24, 2019 at 9:46 am

    Zak: I have three dogs and well I still don’t have a social life…
    Me: Wow… RIP Zak

  43. Melted Snowman on November 24, 2019 at 9:48 am

    I didn’t know the differences are so far from each other yet all 3 types still serves a similar purpose, help and heal a person.

    I’m training my toy poodle to become a therapy dog for my friends who have depression. Can i train my dog properly and call it a therapy dog? Or do i have to register her as one?

  44. monika on November 24, 2019 at 9:49 am

    as a service dog handler, i love this video. i was ready for a bunch of misinformation but zak did NOT disappoint!

  45. Brooke Blackman on November 24, 2019 at 9:50 am

    Pro tip: the service animal status under the ADA is specifically limited to dogs and – believe it or not – miniature horses. Emotional support animals can be a wide variety of species (dogs, cats, birds, rodents, etc.).

  46. inthelife ofmolly theservicedog on November 24, 2019 at 9:50 am

    my service dog is a service dog for phyciatric reasons and my 0arents trained her themselves I have a video on YouTube if u want to whatch it that would be amazing

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