Category: Working Animals

Service Dogs: Ethics and Education Part Two—Certification, or Common Sense?

by Barbara Handelman

A persistent myth exists that service dogs have been granted rights to access places where pets are not allowed. No government agency grants such access rights to dogs; it is the people who have disabling conditions who have the right to be accompanied by appropriately trained dogs. To be considered a service dog, the animal must be specifically trained to mitigate some aspect of the handler’s disability.

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Therapy Animals

by Patricia Tirrell

One of the very first things I learned when I started visiting hospitals with a therapy dog was that the people I visited were touched by what they perceived as a random act of kindness. I didn’t know them.

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