SERVICE & THERAPY dogs

What is pet therapy? Pet therapy can help reduce stress, anxiety, and depression. It can also increase self-esteem and improve social skills. Dogs and cats are most commonly used in pet therapy. Animals and their handlers must undergo a screening and certification process. Pet therapy is a guided interaction between a person and a trained animal. It also involves the animal’s handler. The purpose of pet therapy is to help someone recover from or cope with a health problem or mental disorder. (Read source for more details)

Service animal definition revised. A service animal is any dog that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability, including a physical, sensory, psychiatric, intellectual, or other mental disability. Other species of animals, whether wild or domestic, trained or untrained, are not considered service animals. (Read source for more details)