Emotional support and service dogs, however, are highly trained and need certification in order to get complete access to public places, including airports and planes.
“They can be trained to sense your mood changes, when to bark to tell you to take your medication, when to notice that you are about to have seizure so you can lay down on the ground and be ready for it,” Jones explained.
Numerous studies have been conducted on the power of these incredible animals to help people with mental health concerns, ranging from depression to post-traumatic stress disorder to anxiety.
Information on where to find the right dog and how to obtain the proper certification is available through various sources, although Jones favors the United States Dog Registry.
Jones is now advising others who want a therapy dog like Yogi, and those who feel they would benefit from an emotional support or service dog with specific skills. Jones says he is sold on their value, adding “they are phenomenal creatures.”