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What You Need To Know About Working, Service & Therapy Dogs
The difference between Working, Service & Therapy dogs
Dogs can be trained to provide a wide variety of assistance. They not only love their work but excel in their assigned tasks.
Working and service dogs have been highly trained to perform specific duties in stressful environments. The difference between working and service dogs is that working dogs often assist humans in their daily jobs, whereas service dogs perform tasks for persons with disabilities and have a legal right to accompany their owners in most areas. Therapy dogs, on the other hand, are trained to provide comfort and emotional support for individuals with psychological health issues such as anxiety or depression.
There are local and international legislations that protect the rights of working dogs and their owners. Educating the public and providing an awareness of the important roles of these working dogs can make a difference in society, whether it be guide dogs for the visually-impaired, service dogs for the physically disabled or support dogs for children with autism.
One thing is for sure – there is nothing ordinary about these dogs and they are best described as heroes!