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What exactly is a therapy dog?

Updated: Jan 8, 2018

A therapy dog is not a full service dog as many assume. Although a therapy dog should have the basic commands down and is house-broke, they also must be a very calms dog, almost what most would refer to as lazy because they will often be in public spaces like hospitals, doctor offices and the like.

A therapy dog’s purpose is to help the disabled human bond in a relationship that is simple and doesn’t require the complexity of social norms that a human to human relationship usually entails. Simply put, a therapy dog is easy to get along with and is easy to maintain, and a great listener. Which is something all of us need at least from time to time.

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