First let’s define the difference between a service and therapy dog.
Service Dog: A service dog is defined as a dog that performs a service for a person with a disability. Disabilities may include anxiety, blindness, autism, PTSD, diabetes, seizures, amongst others.
A Service Dog must actually do a task that mitigates the disability. What that means is that a dog who’s sole purpose is to provide comfort through their presence DOES NOT qualify as a service dog. This is an Emotional Support Animal. Emotional Support Animals are great but they DO NOT have rights of public access.
Service dogs and service dogs in training are granted access into public places such as restaurants, airplanes, hotels, theaters, grocery stores, etc.
There is no federal guideline stating what level of training a service dog has to attain, rather the guidelines for service dogs state that a service dog can’t be a perceived threat to other guests, patrons, or visitors of public places.
Ty the Dog Guy offers a proprietary training program that is designed to ensure that your dog is socialized well enough, trained well enough, and is equipped to accompany you in public in addition to providing a service that mitigates a disability . Our service dog training is not dependent on the type of disability you may have as that is between you and your doctor. Our training program is designed to qualify your capacity to be in public with your dog.
A trained service dog cannot be denied access to a public place unless the dog is posing a threat.
Our service dog programs are entirely dependent on what types of service the dog has to do. Each program we do is customized for the individual dog and service.
We have some programs where we work one-on-one with the dog owner to help them train their service dog. And other programs involve sending your dog to us for a time to be trained and we teach you how to maintain that training in the long run.
We have provided service dogs and training for people with PTSD, diabetes, hearing impairments, autism, mobility issues, and more.
Therapy Dog: A therapy dog is a dog that is used to give comfort or provide therapeutic support in a number of capacities. Many therapy dogs will work in hospitals, homes for the elderly, children’s hospitals, etc.
A therapy dog does not have the same rights as a service dog and is not legally granted access to all public places.
Organizations, hospitals, clinics, etc. may set their own standards for what type of certification they will accept for therapy animals in their facilities. If you are considering getting a certification make sure to inquire with the facility where you wish to give therapy if they accept our certification.