The Many Ways in Which Dogs Serve Us
Dogs are known as man's best friend! Well, they may well also be man's best helper. Dogs can serve us in a variety of ways, but not all dogs are "service dogs". Let's discuss a few of the groups in which dogs act as caregivers, and what the differences are!
Service Dog is a dog trained for the purpose of performing specific tasks for a specific individual, specifically an individual with a disability. The law also allows service dogs to accompany their owners everywhere.
Therapy Dog is owned by a handler and visits a variety of clients. These dogs are trained to provide comfort, companionship, or stimulation to the client. A therapy dog may be registered with a larger organization. The law does not require businesses to allow therapy dogs.
Emotional Support Dog is pet that has been identified by a physician as a necessary tool for an individual's treatment. The owner must have a verifiable disability in order for the pet to be classified as a support animal. The law does not require businesses to allow support animals.
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