September is National Service Dog Month, a time dedicated to raising awareness and showing appreciation for the extraordinary work service animals do every day for the people in their care. National Service Dog Month honors these working dogs for making millions of lives better and safer.
As partners and companions to our human species, dogs understand us and can read our emotions. They have intrinsic therapeutic capabilities. Even an untrained dog can be an emotional anchor for a person with anxiety or depression, but a trained service dog can bring specific techniques to bear. Providing loyal companionship and assistance, service dogs live to serve and protect their handlers. Not only do they aid individuals with disabilities in navigating and easing the challenges of everyday life, but these dogs can also help their owners develop a greater sense of confidence and independence.