Meet Capone My ‘Therapy Pooch’

Nicole’s very, very good dog.

Nicole Lyons

Over the past couple of years we have seen a rise in the use of therapy animals for people living with psychiatric illnesses and traumas such as bipolar disorder, depression, anxiety and PTSD. Traditionally “service animals” have been used to assist individuals who live with illnesses such as seizure disorders, heart disease, Parkinson’s disease, the visually impaired, as well as the hearing impaired.

This new breed of Service Animal, called anything from “Therapy Animal” to “Emotional Support Animal” varies from Country to Country, State to State under which guidelines and/or training they are required to meet the criteria to hold such a title, and actually be registered as such.  According to The Canadian Service Dog Foundation, an Emotional Support Animal, one used for psychiatric disabilities and trauma is NOT considered a Service animal.  They are “Emotional Support Animals” They are a companion to a disabled person. They are there for companionship…

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