03-10-2016, 11:29 AM
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Depending on the certifying organization, therapy dogs have more specific training than that required simply by the CGC test because they need to be comfortable in specific situations that might occur in hospitals, schools, nursing homes etc. that other dogs might never encounter. They are not allowed anywhere that a dog is not typically allowed except for the facilities they visit, and even then, different facilities have different requirements regarding orientation etc. before handler/dog teams are allowed to visit. Some have no extra orientation training and some may have quite a bit. Some may even require that staff be with the handler/dog team when they visit, such as some pediatric units, where, frankly, it can be helpful to have hospital staff there if, say, a small child needs help being moved so that he/she can interact with the dog.
I don't believe there is any kind of standardized testing for ESA animals exists, and they are not allowed to go just anywhere either. They cannot be discriminated against in terms of housing or public transportation, however.
Service animals are the only animals allowed to go anywhere anyone else is allowed to go.