Although dogs are known as cute, warm and fuzzy, they serve us in so many other ways. It is scientifically proven, that dogs are the smartest domesticated animals. There is a reason why they are known as man’s best friend.

There are several different kinds of service dogs, including guide dogs, hearing dogs, mobility dogs, seizure alert/response dogs, psychiatric service dogs, and autism dogs. There are also other types of dogs with jobs that help people, including therapy dogs and emotional support animals. Emotional support dogs are used to support disabled or elderly owners through companionship, non-judgmental positivity, affection, and a focus in life.

Studies have shown health benefits for those living with pets, including:

* lower cholesterol

* lower blood pressure

* lower triglyceride

* reduced stress levels

* reduced feelings of loneliness

* better mental health

* increased activity

* more opportunities for exercise

* more time spent outdoors (for dog owners especially)

* more opportunities for socialization

If you or a loved one is ever in need of a service dog, be sure to speak with your medical provider to discuss your options and which service will be best for you.

If you feel that your dog will be a great service dog Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs, Inc. is a great place for training and to gather more information. http://www.medicalservicedogs.org/request-a-service-dog/

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