Wednesday, May 18, 2011

What's the Difference?

Many of you may be wondering, "What's the difference between a therapy dog and a service/ guide dog?" A therapy dog is used primarily for helping people to relax. They visit nursing homes, prisons, schools and hospitals. They are trained to interact  with many people and receive advanced certifications.

Service/Guide dogs are specifically trained  for assisting one person. They assist people in wheelchairs and people who are hearing and visually impaired. Service/guide dog are protected by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). This means that the dog is allowed to go in any public place that the owner goes. Therapy dogs do not have the same rights as service dogs.

Hawkeye is a therapy dog in training. His job will be to assist students within special programs.

Submitted by Jorge, Josh and Ben

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