Service and therapy dogs

Service dogs or assistance dogs are working dogs that have been specially trained to assist persons with disabilities. These dogs follow special guidelines regarding service dogs and their treatment in public places. A true service dog is trained to behave well in all types of situations so the dog can accompany the handler anywhere. It's important to note that therapy dogs and emotional support dogs are NOT service dogs.

Animal-assisted therapy involves the use of trained, certified animals as part of a medical patient's recovery plan. These "therapy dogs" offer emotional support to sick or injured persons, often visiting hospitals and nursing homes. They may also visit schools and day care centers to help educate children about dogs.

Dogs of any breed, size, or age can become therapy dogs but they need the right temperament, socialization, and training. Therapy dogs must be even-tempered, well-socialized, well-trained, and non-fearful.