Are Pugs Good Service Dogs?
Service dogs can be trained to assist with many, many things. For example, some dogs are guide dogs to help lead the blind. Others help retrieve items for owners with mobility issues. Some dogs can alert their owner that they are about to have a seizure. Pugs generally don’t make good service dogs for those types of tasks.
There are always exceptions, though! Here is a quick video about a service dog that is a pug.
One type of service dog that is recognized by the ADA is PTSD dogs. This is one area where pugs may make a good service dog, as this is largely an emotional support role.
While pugs usually don’t make good service dogs, people often confuse service dogs with therapy dogs or emotional support dogs. Service dogs are trained in a particular skill that has a practical purpose. Emotional support dogs simply improve the emotional well-being of their owner. In most cases, therapy dogs don’t have to be trained in this role, they just naturally fill it.
Therapy dogs are similar to emotional support dogs, but therapy dogs are usually given intentional training, and are usually used to help a lot of people rather than just one. Therapy dogs may visit nursing homes, hospitals or schools to provide emotional support to people there.
Can Pugs Be Therapy Dogs?
Pugs often make great therapy dogs. Pugs were bred to be human companions, so they are very affectionate dogs that are very interested in people. They are usually friendly with strangers, including children. They will often do well in a therapy dog role.
Can Pugs Be Emotional Support Dogs?
Pugs make great emotional support dogs. Pugs love people and are emotionally intelligent. They’re particularly invested in their owner. You’ll feel their love and they’ll be in-tune with your emotions.
Why Pugs Make Great Therapy Dogs & Emotional Support Dogs
They’re small and quiet (not yappy) so they can be taken into public spaces without causing a ruckus. This can be great for people with social anxiety who need a therapy dog to go with them to run errands, go to the doctor or other events in public.
They love to be petted. For many, petting a dog can be relaxing and an enjoyable sensory experience. Pugs are often happy to sit and be pet for a really long time so they can meet those needs well.
They can live almost anywhere. You don’t need a big yard to have a pug. They make good apartment dogs and can even live in group homes or assisted living homes as long as the facility allows it. Pugs don’t really require their own space, as they’ll want to be at their owners side anyway.
They’re silly. Anyone who has owned a pug will tell you that they can be goofy! They can make some silly sounds, and are more expressive than many other dog breeds. They have a way of keeping people entertained which can be a great perk for someone seeking a therapy dog.
They aren’t intimidating. They’re small and have a goofy look, so even those who may be afraid of some dogs, aren’t likely to be afraid of pugs.