Therapy Dogs vs. Service Dogs & ESA’s

Learn the Important Differences

THERAPY DOGS

Therapy dogs are trained to provide social or therapeutic interaction with various populations in need of emotional, physical, or psychological support. Therapy dogs are not included under the American Disabilities Act. Petting and contact are what therapy dogs are all about.

SERVICE DOGS

Service dogs are trained to perform specific behaviors to assist an individual owner with activities of daily living. These dogs have access to public places and transportation under the American Disabilities Act. Petting service dogs are discouraged while they are assisting their owners.

EMOTIONAL SUPPORT DOGS

Emotional Support Dogs provide affection and companionship for individuals with various mental or emotional conditions. An emotional support dog is not trained to perform specific behaviors to assist with a disability. Emotional Support Dogs are not included under the American Disabilities Act.

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