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It has always been said that animals are great therapy for people.  In researching,
I  came across service dogs for the disabled.  They also called working dogs
for the disabled.  I wasn't looking for them.  They were just there one day. 
I hadn't thought about a service dog at that point or a therapy dog after a stroke.

Seeing eye dogs are what most people think of, when thinking of service dogs.  
This type of service dog may help a stroke victim that has eye problems.

"Therapy" dogs are taken around nursing homes, hospitals, etc.  These dogs
provide a lot of comfort.  They are not allowed everywhere, and there are
restrictions in places that do allow them. 

Some people think, if they train their dog in general...everyday things...such as sit,
shake, roll-over that they can use their dogs as service dogs.  However, a service
dog must be licensed, must have special training and is matched to their owner. 
It takes years to train these dogs to do specific commands.

The dogs start their training as puppies, when they are put into chosen homes
that train them in general.  As the puppies grow older, they receive more and
more training...training toward whatever it is that they will be doing.  Very
intense training! 

There are all type of assistance dogs...those that will pick things up for you...those
that will open doors for you...others to pull your wheelchair...there are even
assistance dogs that will help you, if you fall or have a seizure...some dogs will
even be able to let you know there is a seizure coming on.

All assistance dogs or guide dogs are allowed in all public places.  They are . . .
their  owner!  They are there to do . . . what their owner cannot do.  They are part
of their owner, just as your leg or arm is part of you.  You need to go on a list in
order to receive an assistance dog.  The dogs and you are matched up together.
The dog will be trained specifically for you . . . what your needs are!

Here is a great link explaining the different type of service/therapy dogs.
http://www.canidae.com/blog/2012/09/the-different-jobs-of-highly-trained-service-dogs.html

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