Animal Assisted Therapy
This experiential therapy is not only fun, it’s powerful! AAT is based on neurological principles that heal anxiety, chronic stress, and trauma. Emotional recovery and positive transformation often occur when the relationship between an individual and the therapy animal grows. Come work with Liberty!
It is important to know the difference between a Therapy Dog, Emotional Support Animal, and a Service dog.
The Americans with Disability Act (ADA) defines a Service Dog as a dog that has been individually trained to perform tasks on cue that assist a person with a disability. The tasks performed by the dog must be directly related to the person’s disability. There are two key service dog laws to keep in mind. First, service dogs have to be allowed into businesses and it is illegal for someone to ask about your disability. However, someone can ask if the pet is required due to a disability or what tasks your service dog is able to perform. Second, pretending to be disabled to gain access to an area is against the law.
EMOTIONAL SUPPORT DOG
Emotional Support Dogs provide comfort to their person just by their presence. Providing comfort is not a trained behavior and, therefore, the dog is not considered an assistance (service) dog under the ADA. Emotional support dogs do not have the intensive and specialized training that a service dog receives.
Therapy Dogs are usually a person’s own pet dog that the person has had qualified (through a therapy dog organization) to make visits to hospitals, schools, nursing homes, etc. Sometimes health care professionals and teachers incorporate a therapy dog into their work with their clients or students. This is me!