I receive many inquiries from various individuals and organizations with questions regarding Service Dogs, Therapy Dogs and Emotional Support Animals. Below I will explain what each is, what they are for and how they are different from one another. Please keep in mind I am not a lawyer, and that you should consult a lawyer with any specific questions. This article is here for general information purposes only. What are Service Dogs, Emotional Support Animals and Therapy Dogs? Service Dog - A Service Dog is a dog that was trained to perform specific tasks to help their disabled handler. In other words, a service dog is a highly calibrated piece of medical equipment, or auxiliary aid, that accompanies the handler wherever they go.Emotional Support Animal - An Emotional Support Animal (also known as an "ESA") is an untrained animal (usually dogs or cats) that accompanies their emotionally impaired handler as a form of untrained emotional support. There can be many benefits for the handlers of ESAs, however due to the large number of fraudulent abuse of the system, ESAs are becoming more heavily scrutinized.