What is the difference between a Service Dog and a Therapy Dog?
The quick and easy answer to this is that a Service Dog is trained to help one person with a disability that impacts one or more aspects of daily life. These dogs are covered by the ADA and are allowed full public access rights. A Therapy Dog is trained to help MANY people, frequently in a group setting. These dogs provide emotional support to people in hospitals, nursing homes, schools, etc. Therapy Dogs are not covered by the ADA and are not given public access rights. To add another layer, there are also ESA – Emotional Support Animals. These animals help someone simply by being present. They have no specific training and are not given public access rights through the ADA.