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The recognition of a program that maintains standards of professional practice. In relation to Therapy Dogs this is a program which is recognised by the Animal Therapy community as providing ethical and high quality training which adheres to best practice principles and is delivered by experienced and suitably qualified trainers.
This is a type of service dog. A dog that is trained to alert a person that the onset of a medical condition is imminent. Common types include Seizure Alert Service Dogs and Diabetic Alert Service Dogs.
AAE is a planned and structured intervention using Therapy Dogs (or other animals) with specific academic or educational goals. AAE is directed and/or delivered by service providers from the education sector such as teachers or school staff.
AAI is a braod term which is commonly used to describe the utilisation of animals (including Therapy Dogs) in diverse manners beneficial to humans. Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) and Animal Assisted Education (AAE) are examples of AAI.
AAT is a goal directed intervention using a range of therapeutic processes that intentionally include or involve animals (including Therapy Dogs) as part of the process.
AAT involves a trained dog and specialist practitioner or allied health professional working together to support improvements in the physical, social, emotional and/or cognitive functioning of a person.
A generic term for a guide, hearing or service dog specifically trained to do three or more tasks to mitigate the effects of an individual's disability.
Note, the presence of a dog for protection, personal defense, or comfort does not qualify that dog as an assistance dog.
Some Assistance dogs are covered under a range of legislative access laws for public access rights when working with their disabled handler.
Upon successful completion of an accredited Therapy Dog program, a handler and their dog can become a certified Therapy Dog team. These means they have been assessed and met the required standard in a range of criteria which can include animal temperament, handling skills, demeanor, and manners.
Dogs must be at least one year of age to become a certified Therapy Dog.
A pet dog for an individual or family in their home. They do not need to have formal training of any kind. They provide companionship and comfort to their owners and this can provide great psychological benefits.
Companion Animals do not have public access privileges and should not be taken to schools, workplaces or in public locations. They are not the same as Therapy Dogs.
A companion animal that provides emotional or therapeutic support to an individual with a mental health condition or emotional disorder simply by being present.
Emotional support animals do not receive the same training as assistance dogs and do not have public access privileges.
The right of a person with a disability to be accompanied by his/her assistance dog in all public accommodations. Public access is granted to the person with the disability, not to the assistance dog.
A dog that works for people with a disability, excluding blindness or deafness. Service dogs may be trained to perform a wide range of tasks including, but not limited to, retrieving objects, alerting to a medical crisis, shifting a wheelchair, bracing, providing assistance in a medical crisis.
Therapy Animals are animals used in therapy to reach a therapeutic goal. They work alongside the therapist and require certification by completing specialist training to ensure they are complimentary to the therapy and protect the safety of clients. Therapy dogs are often used in allied health settings, schools, and nursing homes to support the wellbeing and coping of individuals and groups.
Therapy dogs do not receive the same training as assistance dogs and do not have public access privileges.