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This is a discussion on Therapy Dog Scams within the Working Dogs forums, part of the Dog Shows and Performance category; I just want to say that we need to remember to use the correct terminology when speaking about these dogs. Service Dogs are trained to ...

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Old 01-18-2014, 06:48 PM
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I just want to say that we need to remember to use the correct terminology when speaking about these dogs. Service Dogs are trained to help a person who has a disability to be better able to handle the everyday tasks in life or to help alert the person to a seizure, etc. Therapy Dogs are pets that exhibit a temperament that allows them to be tested and certified to help bring comfort to others, in hospitals, nursing homes, schools, libraries, etc. They are for comfort to others only, they do not help with a disability. I think perhaps a Service Dog could also be a Therapy Dog, but some Therapy Dog organizations do not allow this. Therapy Dogs are only allowed to go where they are given permission to visit...i.e. certain nursing homes, etc. Service Dogs, by law, are allowed to accompany their handlers anywhere the handler needs to go. I have to TDI certified Therapy Dogs that bring so much comfort to the people at the places they visit....a hospital, a library reading program, nursing homes, a camp for special needs children, etc.
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i know, i have two therapy dogs and its crazy how many times we visit places and people ask me about what services my dogs do for me LOL

they are often mixed up
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