There is a misconception regarding Service and/or Therapy Dogs. Our Space Coast dog trainers are asked each and every week if we provide Service and Therapy dog training in Palm Bay, FL. To answer the question, yes we do! We offer a Therapy Dog Development Program that is designed to evaluate, train, and certify your dog to become a Therapy Dog! We cannot register or certify Service Dogs, however, we do provide the required obedience training.
What is a Therapy Dog? A Therapy Dog should have an easy going demeanor. Therapy Dogs are often used to visit Children’s Hospitals and Senior Citizen Homes. Therapy Dogs are calm, lovable dogs that lift peoples spirits and are a pleasure to be around. Therapy Dogs are often mistaken for Service Dogs, but they do not warrant the same privileges as Service Dogs. For example, Therapy Dogs are usually not allowed in cafes, airports, etc. Whereas Service Dogs are allowed in these areas.
What is a Service Dog? A Service Dog is a dog that performs a task for its owner. An example would be a “seeing eye dog” or a “diabetic alert dog”. Service Dogs are granted permission to go anywhere and everywhere their owner goes. You have probably seen Service Dogs on airplanes, cruise ships, at restaurants, at shopping centers, etc. Once again, Service Dogs are trained to perform specific tasks for their owner.