Therapy dogs are often confused for service dogs or emotional support animals. Therapy dogs have no legal rights and are not allowed in stores, restaurants or anywhere else other dogs are not generally allowed. They also receive no special treatment by airlines or in no-pet housing.
Therapy dogs are trained to visit people and bring a smile to the faces of all they meet. Research shows that people interacting with dogs are less stressed and feel happier. Therapy dogs are frequent visitors to libraries where they assist children in learning to read.
Therapy dogs are often required to pass a Canine Good citizen test to show that they have the ability to behave properly in social settings.