Dogs are seen as one of the pets that have the knack to learn, unlearn, and relearn. \r\n\r\nMore than just the layman\u2019s description of such, there\u2019s an inert yet in-depth description of such. \r\n\r\nHence there are Dogs that undergo distinct training under stringent conditions. \r\n\r\nHowever, these types of Dogs (Therapy Dogs) must not be misconstrued for Service Dogs since a lot of people love to use the two terms interchangeably, thereby causing confusion. \r\n\r\nHowever, it is imperative to note that the difference is crystal clear and should be noted to avoid misconstructions and discombobulation. \r\n\r\nThe differences are first treated in the next section of this piece as well as many other things to take note of, in relation to Therapy Dogs.\r\n\r\n\r\nWhat are service dogs?\r\nDogs are seen as working Dogs trained under certain circumstances to provide or render assistance to persons with disabilities. \r\n\r\nThat simple! \r\n\r\nThey go a step further in assisting individuals to ensure their safety and maximum independence simply by providing mobile aid.\r\n\r\n \tDogs, which are also known as Assistant Dogs having been professionally trained, provide assistance services such as assistance to a blind or deaf person, mobility assistance, etc.\r\n\r\nWhat are therapy dogs?\r\n\r\n \tA clear difference between Service Dogs and Therapy Dogs is seen in the fact that while Service Dogs are granted optimal access to establishments, Therapy Dogs aren\u2019t. \r\n \tA Therapy Dog is hence, a working Dog trained by its owner(s) to typically render service on a volunteer basis. \r\n \tThese Dogs are conditioned to obey voice commands; they are trained not to fret easily, not to beg for food, and are conditioned to adapt to a variety of situations. \r\n \tSuch Dogs are seen providing assistance to people in hospitals, nursing homes, schools, retirement homes, and other disastrous areas.\r\n\r\n\r\n \tFacto, it is quite impossible to distinguish between a Service Dog and a Therapy Dog. Most times, Dogs providing therapy are designated gears like a vest. Much more than the striking and palpable difference is the fact that Therapy Dogs and Service Dogs are individually provided with distinct training, which enables their individual interaction(s) with the people whom they help provide such service.\r\n\r\nUnscripted facts about Therapy Dogs\r\n\r\n \tStrays and shelter Dogs are sometimes trained as Therapy Dogs.\r\n \tNurse Elaine Smith established the first formal therapy Dog program in 1976.\r\n \tTherapy Dogs can help soothe patients and lower stress and anxiety since merely petting a Dog helps lower the risk of stroke and heart attack.\r\n \tTherapy Dogs were used as early as WWII when they went to visit Soldiers that were wounded and recovering.\r\n\r\nStandard Recognition\r\nHandlers of these Dogs are required to register their Dogs with standard national organizations, with a lot of benefits attached. \r\n\r\nSuch benefits are providing the Handlers with Community resources, Regional club listings, amidst others.\r\n\r\nOnce registered, these Dogs receive recognition instantly as a member of the standard organizations.\r\n\r\nNational Therapy Dog organizations often require an annual fee, which depends mostly on the organization involved, which may include liability insurance.\u00a0\r\nGeneral Certification of Therapy Dogs\r\nDog willing to undergo certification must be on current vaccinations with a health certificate from their veterinarian and must be at least a year old. However varying from agency to agency to agency, some of the general tests a Therapy undergoes are stated below:\r\n\r\n \tSupervised separation.\r\n \tGeneral reactions to other dogs and distractions.\r\n \tObedience to voice commands.\r\n \tGeneral appearance and grooming.\r\n \tSitting posture while being pet.\r\n \tAcceptance of a stranger, though a friendly one.\r\n \tThe knack to walk through a crowd.\r\n\r\n\r\n \tAn addendum, Therapy Dogs should be naturally calm, affectionate, and friendly to strangers.\r\n\r\nInsurance for Therapy Dogs.\r\nA dog has met the conditions of being at least one year old, with up-to-date medical records, and has hence been certified as a Therapy Dog, the fee the Dog owner pays to a Therapy Dog registry is used in part to cover liability insurance, just in case of a Dog bite or accident.\r\n\r\nTherapy Dogs are registered with organizations; the liability insurance that comes with this privilege will only cover Dogs and Handlers that provide services on a volunteering basis. \r\n\r\nA lot of Handlers have the opportunity or right to have access to facilities that allow therapy Dogs. \r\n\r\nSuch facilities maintain insurance policies that cover their liability needs for granting these Dogs access to their facility. \r\n\r\nOn the other hand, if a Therapy Dog is provided for commercial use by the Handler, not the facility nor the Handler may be prepared with appropriate liability insurance. \r\n\r\nHence, if a Handler is considering using his (her) Therapy Dog for services through an organization or for commercial purposes, both the Handler and the Dog are properly insured.\u00a0\r\n\r\nA lot of organizations offer commercial Therapy Dog insurance policies that cover all breeds, even regardless of experience. \r\n\r\nOnce covered by a commercial Therapy Dog insurance policy, both the Handler and the Dog providing such service are fully protected from claims. \r\n\r\nSince the Therapy Dog has been highly trained and vaccine, with a current and positive medical health status, its insurance is well covered under this plan. \r\n\r\nHowever, since the Dog and its Handler would occasionally come in contact with situations within proximity to people and proximity to other Dogs.\r\n\r\nThese events are different, and in the condition of unforeseen emergencies, an insurance policy will give a concrete and solidified assurance that the Dog and its Handler are fully protected against claims\r\nConclusion\r\nExtensively treated Therapy Dogs and their insurance coverage, including those of their Handlers, a Handler should now note the type of Insurance company and the plan that best suits him (her) and his (her) Dog.\r\n\r\nSince these Dogs actually provide free services to those in Nursing homes, retirement homes, Hospitals, Schools, etc., their insurance against sudden happenings should and must be well-ensured. \r\n\r\nThis would go a long way in guaranteeing their optimal safety. \r\n\r\nAll Handlers must take note of this. Also, do remember that Service Dogs are entirely different from Therapy Dogs. If you missed something, do scroll up.