Ivana asked in PetsDogs · 1 year ago

What’s the difference between a therapy dog and a regular dog?

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  • 1 year ago
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    Therapy Dogs are highly trained dogs that visit facilities like nursing homes, adult day care centers, schools, etc. They can also be on call to comfort people during disasters. The dogs are trained by their owners to be EXTREMELY well-behaved and then evaluated by dog trainers on behalf of organizations like Therapy Dogs International.

    The dog and owner are then registered and insured with the organization and pick facilities to visit on a regular basis. My Newfoundland has been a TDI dog for three years. I take off Friday every week to visit an adult day care center for the handicapped.

    Therapy Dogs are NOT Service Dogs so they can not go into stores, schools, the movies, etc. They can ONLY go to facilities that INVITE them to visit. If you're caught doing this with a TDI dog you will be banned for life from being a therapy team.

    Therapy Dogs are also not Emotional Support Dogs. ESD's are just PETS with NO training, registration, insuring. They do NOT have Service Dog access rights, either. They are nothing but glorified PETS and people are really abusing this bogus designation by calling them "needed" Service Dogs which is a FELONY.

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    Source(s): TDI Therapy Dog team for over 3 years. Also had a Therapy Dog years ago with the Humane Society of Broward Counties therapy dog program.
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  • 1 year ago

    A Therapy Dog is trained in basic obedience, earned a good citizen award so they can go into hospitals, nursing homes & schools. A very well trained dog. A regular dog doesn't have any training unless their owner care enough about them

    An ESA (emotional support dog) doesn't need any training & the only reason you would need a letter from your Psychiatrist is to be able to have a dog where dogs are not allowed. It cannot go with you where ever you go like a Service Dog. It is just a pet you keep at home to soothe you when you are emotionally upset or disturbed.

    A Service Dog takes yrs & yrs to train. Dog does things for owners that they cannot do for themselves.

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  • 1 year ago

    In the UK a therapy dog is also known as a PAT dog and they have a thorough temperament test and the owners have to be experienced handlers and then the dogs can go into care homes and hospices to brighten up the residents days.

    ESA's are emotional support dogs and they are pets that help people with emotional problems and I tthink this is what you might mean. I think ESA's do have some privileges but not a lot. They also need a doctors letter to prove you benefit from having a dog around before any privileges are granted and that's not very many I don't think... certainly shouldn't be.

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  • 1 year ago

    Isn't it obvious? A 'therapy dog' SHOULD be one that's trained to do a specific job - not just one that's bought and called that, to get past blocks (accommodation, shops etc). Not so with a 'normal' (hah) dog.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Therapy_dog

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  • Anonymous
    1 year ago

    Therapy dogs really aren’t that different some can be trained to pick up on signs you are stressed and comfort you but others are just called therapy dogs because they make their owner feel better

    • ZotsRule
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      1 year agoReport

      WRONG!!!! Therapy Dogs visit people with their owners and provide comfort to OTHERS. You're talking about the bogus "Emotional Support Dogs" which are just PETS.

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  • Anonymous
    1 year ago

    The cat

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  • 1 year ago

    The name

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