What is Service Dog?

Category: Lifestyle Modifications


See also: Psychiatric Service Dog

A service dog is a type of assistance dog, specifically trained to help people who have disabilities other than visual or hearing impairment, or medical response dogs. Service dogs are sometimes trained and bred by private organizations. In other cases, a disabled handler may train their own dog with or without the aid of a private dog trainer.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Balance problems 19 13
Support mental / emotional health 14 13
Post-traumatic stress disorder 11 13
Neurological fatigue 8 4
Fibromyalgia 5 5

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  • Slight
  • None
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Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations Percentage
Severe 0
Moderate 3
Mild 2
None 24

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Service Dog

Side effect Patients Percentage
Fatigue 1
Paranoia 1


Based on patients currently using Service Dog

Dosage Patients Percentage
daily 2
all the time (24/7) 1
as needed 1
five times daily 1

Why patients stopped taking Service Dog

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients Percentage
Other 1
See 1 patient who's stopped using Service Dog


Currently using Service Dog

Duration Patients Percentage
2 - 5 years 1
5 - 10 years 1
10 years or more 3

Stopped using Service Dog

Duration Patients Percentage
1 - 2 years 1
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 18
Usually 8
Sometimes 1
Never taken as prescribed 2
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 0
Somewhat hard to take 9
A little hard to take 10
Not at all hard to take 10
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 10
$100-199 6
$50-99 4
$25-49 1
< $25 1
Not specified 7
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4 patient evaluations for Service Dog

Jul 8, 2015 (Started Apr 20, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for balance problems)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for neurological fatigue)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Support mental / emotional health)
  • Side effects
  • Adherence
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: Daily
Advice & Tips: Be s t thing you. can do for yourself and no problems under ADA regulations.
Cost: $50-99 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Mar 11, 2013 (Started Jun 22, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for seizure worry)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
  • Adherence
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: His name is Patriot and he is a Pembroke Welsh Corgi. Got him when he was 8 weeks old to start the bonding process. He has helped me ID 1 seizure and has gone for help twice. His initial response when I have a seizure is play but once he realizes what's going on he stays by me and helps me wake up. I test him monthly by having a mock seizure. What I do is fall on the floor and start shaking, pretend like I'm having a seizure, and watch him respond. What he does is bite my fingers and ankles, as if I were playing, to see if I respond which I don't then he lays on my hand and when I pretend to wake up he licks my face. I paid the breeder $500 for him and he is personally trained but still young enough to receive additional professional training. He's been to the zoo, 4 star restaurants, multiple fast-food joints, and church. He does well but he has more to learn.

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Sep 1, 2011 (Started Aug 13, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Support social interaction)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Personal enjoyment / entertainment)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Support quality of life)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Improve communication)
  • Side effects
  • Adherence
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: Daily
Advice & Tips: We originally got our dog to train him to be a therapy dog. While he did go through some canine good citizen classes, we have essentially discontinued his training. We were dealing with a lot of stress, and we weren't able to keep up with the training necessary to earn public access or anything like that. The good news is that the dog has very much become a member of the family and plays with my son all the time. They are good buddies. I'm not considering him a "Service Dog" on the profile anymore. But he's still our dog and a great friend for my son.

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