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Pet Therapy FAQ

What is the difference between a service dog, a therapy dog, and a companion dog?

Service dogs are working dogs. They do not want to be touched because they have a job to do. Conversely, therapy dogs love to be stroked and snuggled. Companion dogs will assist and provide companionship to individuals.

Can I bring my dog in to visit in the schools?

Certified therapy dogs are not your average family pet. They go through extensive training to become gentle-natured in all circumstances. Beyond therapy or service dogs, we do not allow outside pets.

I’m scared of dogs. What if I don’t want to be around a therapy dog?

Therapy dogs will always be with their handler and they will not force anyone to interact with their dog. Generally speaking, therapy dogs can sense who does and doesn’t like them and will likely know who to approach and who not to approach. You can also tell your teacher, principal, or another trusted adult in the school to make sure you won’t come in contact with the dogs.

I’m allergic to dogs. Will the therapy dog make me sick?

While the dander of therapy dogs is well controlled and the risk is generally minimal; you can tell your teacher, principal or another trusted adult in the school to help make sure you won’t come in contact with the dogs.

What about safety?

Therapy dogs are screened for appropriate behavior. They have been evaluated and trained to be therapy dogs. They are required to be clean and vaccinated.

Why have therapy dogs in schools; what are the benefits?

Therapy dogs have been called ‘miracle workers’ because of their calming effect on students and teachers. Research shows that they can help with everything from trauma to reading interventions to a positive school climate.