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How Is a Therapy Dog Different from a Service Dog?

How Is a Therapy Dog Different from a Service Dog?

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How is a therapy dog different from a service dog?

 

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Kristen Maisano, OTDKristen Maisano, OTD is an occupational therapist and the interim director of Rehabilitation Services for the Traumatic Brain Injury Clinic, Fort Belvoir Community Hospital in Virginia. She specializes in evaluating and treating military patients with traumatic brain injuries.


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This is a good description of a therapy dog, but I would like to add for the benefit of understanding the critical role of a service dog. A service dog's role is to mitigate a persons disability. The dog is highly trained to provide a task specific to the individuals needs and something the person can not do on their own. Therefore they earn the right to accompany the person wherever they go and 24/7. 

Apr 24th, 2015 3:03pm

A therapy dog do sent have to preform a specific task and can't be allowed any place you go whyle a service dog does preform a specific task, related to a disability and must be allowed anywhere you go, provided it is well behaved, look 95 ADA website.

Apr 9th, 2015 6:52pm

 


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