Service Dogs

What’s the difference between a Service or Therapy Dog?

Each of these working dogs have an important job and unique set of skills. Their specific job is to make life a little easier through their specific training, skills, companionship and devotion that only a service dog can provide.

Service Dogs

Are individually trained to perform important tasks for their owner’s specific disabilities, such as visual, hearing, post-traumatic stress (PTS), seizures, diabetes, multiple sclerosis, traumatic brain injuries (TBI) and mobile impairment. They increase safety, freedom and independence that could not be attained otherwise.  Service dogs come in all shapes, sizes and breeds. They are permitted in restaurants, airlines and no pet policy housing. For more information visit: Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Fair Housing Amendments Act (FHAA), Air Carrier Access Act (ACAA), and Code of Federal Regulations (CFR).  For more information visit: www.ServiceDogsFL.org.

SERVICE DOG ETIQUETTE TIPS

  • Do not pet the Service Dog
  • Do not distract the Service Dog in any way
  • Ignore the Service Dog entirely
  • Making noises, offering food, water, toys or petting can be dangerous to the owner’s disabilities.  If a Service Dog is paying attention to someone else, they are not doing their job for the owner.

Therapy Dogs

Are trained to provide psychological or physiological therapy for those mental or emotional conditions such as anxiety and depression. They visit hospices, hospitals, schools, rehabilitation centers, therapy sessions, nursing homes; among others. They are encouraged to interact and socialize while they’re on duty. Therapy dogs must meet specific standards to be registered and actively participate in the program. Therapy dogs are typically pets and do not perform specific tasks. However, their job is to bring smiles, happiness and calmness; even for a short period of time.