Therapy Dog/Service Dog

service dog

Therapy Dog Preparation Classes

A therapy dog provides affection and comfort to people in facilities such as hospitals, nursing homes, assisted-living, hospice, shelters, schools, libraries, and physical therapy centers. Through the unique animal-to-human bond, visitation from a therapy dog can brighten a person’s day, lift spirits, reduce anxiety or stress and help motivate people through treatments. A therapy dog visiting a facility is always accompanied by their handler. Therefore, our therapy dog class is as much for the handler to learn proper handling etiquette as it is for the dog to learn manners.  

Emotional Support Animal (ESA dog)

An emotional support dog is prescribed by licensed mental health professionals to provide therapeutic support to persons with mental illnesses. The dog is not required to perform any specific tasks for a disability like a service dog. ESA dogs are meant solely to provide comfort to it’s owner, offer emotional stability and unconditional love. They can assist with conditions such as anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder/mood disorder, panic attacks, fear/phobias, and other psychological and emotional conditions.They are not permitted access into public places any more than other pets.

In-home companion assistance dog (no public access)

An in-home companion assistance dog offers their human partner comfort and  companionship like an ESA but is trained to perform tasks that are useful to their partner in the home environment. These dogs can be trained to do many of the same tasks that a Service Dog can do. However, their work is done only in the home and they are NOT trained for public access like a service dog.

Service Dog Training

Service dogs are selected, trained and tested to perform specific tasks that mitigate a person’s disability. Service dogs are working animals. They are not pets. A service dog increases a person’s independence, safety, and improves the quality of life for people with disabilities.

Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), privately owned businesses that serve the public are required to allow people with disabilities to bring their service animals onto business premises in whatever areas customers are generally allowed.

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