FAQ about Working Dogs

Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ

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Frequently Asked Questions

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Different Dogs for Different Jobs

What is a Service Dog?

What is a Therapy Dog?

What is a Guide Dog?

What is an Emotional Support Dog?

Still Have Questions?

Please contact Frances McGowin or Easter Seals Alabama at (334) 395-4489.


What is a Service Dog?

According to the American Disabilities Act (ADA), a dog assisting a person with a disability is considered a Service Dog (exclusive of therapy dogs and emotional support dogs – see below).

Service dogs are entitled to freely access buildings and transportation (buses, trains, planes). By law, service dogs are required to be trained in a task that specifically assists with his handler’s disability.

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What is a Therapy Dog?

Therapy Dogs are trained and certified to provide comfort and/or assistance in a variety of activities. Therapy Dogs are handled by their owners, who are typically volunteers.

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What is a Guide Dog?

A Guide Dog is a Service Dog specifically trained to assist the sight impaired.

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What is an Emotional Support Dog?

An Emotional Support Dog (or ESD) is a dog that comforts a person who has emotional problems. By law, an ESD does not qualify as a Service Dog.

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What are Therapy Dogs trained to do?

Therapy Dogs are trained to do many tasks.

 

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How long does it take to train a Therapy Dog?

 

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What breeds of dogs make the best Therapy Dogs?

 

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How much does it cost to become a certified DOC Therapy Dog team?

 

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How long does it take to become a certified DOC Therapy Dog team?  

 

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 What types of venues does the DOC visit?

 

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 How can I tell if my dog would be a good candidate for canine therapy?

 

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How can I request that the DOC visit my facility?

 

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What is expected of a Therapy Dog?

 

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How much time will I dedicate to serving as a Therapy Dog team?

 

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Are Therapy Dogs allowed in public places?

 

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Learn more about Working Dogs.

 

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Program Overview
Easter Seals Alabama DOGS ON CALL  is a 501c3 non-profit organization that trains Therapy Dogs in Alabama.

Our Therapy Dog teams provide comfort to those living with disabilities, suffering trauma or stress, at-risk, or living in rehabilitation centers and hospitals, retirement, nursing and assisted living communities, and youth detention centers.

DOGS ON CALL is a program of Easter Seals Alabama and is a recognized Therapy Dog certifying organization of the American Kennel Club (AKC).

Learn more about DOGS ON CALL.
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