3 Types of Therapy Dogs (Infographic)

Do you know the difference between a companion dog, a therapy dog, and a service dog? How much training must each type have, and what’s really in their job description?

Read this infographic by Sniff Design Studio to learn more about these brave and helpful animals!


Courtesy of Sniff Design Studio, via TAILS Magazine



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Fi T.
Past Member 4 years ago

That's why doggies are our loyal friends

Carrie Anne Brown

thanks for sharing :)

Kathy Perez
Kathy Johnson5 years ago

thanks. service dogs are amazing :)

Giana Peranio-paz
Giana P5 years ago

Thanks. I never had a dog but would love to own one some day.

Aileen C.
AILEEN C5 years ago

Kudos to GINGER T and her lovely Hubby
I sent you a star too

Rosemary Rannes

Amazing ... check out
Diabetic alert dogs http://www.mnn.com/family/pets/stories/diabetic-alert-dogs-save-lives
i wish my twin sister would have had an alert dog like this incredible dog when she got Type 1 Diabetes as a child. She really loved dogs, and rescued many over the years. To know that dogs are now being trained in so many specific ways that can save a life is 'mind blowing' as she might have said! But I know she and many millions more would have been and are, truly grateful.
Dogs deserve second chances to ... adopt don't shop !

Marie W.
Marie W5 years ago

Good to know.

Teri P.
Teri P5 years ago

It's helpful to know the differences between companion, therapy, and service animals. Thank you for sharing.

Kathleen Cazander


Valentina R.
Valentina R5 years ago

Stephanie J: "I also think this would be beneficial for shelter dogs (and cats!). Those cities avidly working toward no kill status could also use programs to attract volunteers by helping train and socialize dogs for therapy purposes."

I agree completely. Sadly, shelter dogs are raraly chosen; trainers prefer Labrador & Golden Retriever puppies, instead of wasting time with training an adult mutt. Psh.

Ginger T: "I'm 100% against service dogs....they are horribly abused behind closed doors and it's almost impossible to get help for them."

Woah, I don't know what cases of domestic abuse you have there. Most service dogs in Europe and America are well-treated, and their owners love them. Of course they shall be checked regularly; but if they have a safe home, a good owner, and are healthy, what is the problem? There are many other instances of animal violence and neglect to worry about.