Therapy Dogs, Service Dogs, and Emotional Support Animals
Therapy Dogs receive extensive training but have a completely different type of job from service dogs. Their responsibilities are to provide psychological or physiological therapy to individuals other than their handlers; who are usually their owners. These dogs have stable temperaments and friendly, easy-going personalities. Typically, they visit various institutions like hospitals, schools, hospices, psychotherapy offices, nursing homes and more. Unlike service dogs, therapy dogs are encouraged to socialize and interact with a variety of people while they’re on-duty. It is important to note that, despite thorough training and certification, they do not have the same jobs or legal designation as service dogs. The handlers or owners of therapy dogs do not have the same rights to be accompanied by these dogs in places where pets are not permitted.