A therapy dog is a canine trained to help people in need by giving affection and support. These dogs usually go with their owners to schools, nursing homes, and hospitals to meet with people who may benefit from interacting with a dog.
It’s important to note that a therapy dog is different from a service dog.
A service dog is a dog that is specifically trained to perform specific tasks such as helping blind people navigate around. Moreover, a service dog usually stays with the person and has access to many public places and transportations. A therapy dog, on the other hand, only gives psychological help to others other than their owners.
A therapy dog must be one with good behavior, stable temperaments, and have all the essential training on point.
A therapy dog can be trained by anyone, but needs to be certified to qualify as one.