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What is a Therapy Dog?

Therapy Dogs and their handlers provide special comforts to those in need. Keep reading to learn if this might be the right job for your sweet pup.

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What does it mean to be a Therapy Dog?

A Therapy Dog is a companion/pet that is personally owned and has been qualified by a Therapy Dog organization to visit hospitals, schools, nursing homes, and other similar facilities. These dogs are there to comfort and provide emotional support to people who are sick, bed-ridden, and hospitalized. They have good behavior, are calm and nurturing, and unphased by noises, chaos, and large groups of people.

How can my dog become a Therapy Dog?

If you feel that your dog may be a good fit to be a Therapy Dog, contact a Therapy Dog organization near you to begin the evaluation process. Anyone can turn their dog into a Therapy Dog if they fulfill the organization’s behavioral requirements.

What’s the difference between a Therapy Dog and a Service Dog?

Therapy Dogs are nottrained to perform specific tasks to aid disabled people like Service Dogs. They are not allowed in any building that forbids pets, housing that has no pet policies, or airplane cabins. Therapy Dogs are not protected by the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA).

Read more:

AKC: Therapy Dog

Alliance of Therapy Dogs

Therapy Dogs International

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