Therapy Dogs are registered dogs that visit people in nursing homes, hospitals, assisted living facilities and other institutions in an effort to lift spirits. Therapy Dogs and their handlers share the dogs' unconditional love with the people they visit. Therapy Dogs can enter any facility that allows therapy animals on their premises. This is not the same as a service dog (seeing eye for example) that can enter stores and restaurants. It has been determined that the petting of a dog can help to relieve stress and lower blood pressure. "Therapy Dog" is not a title. A dog that has successfully passed the Therapy Dog test actually becomes a therapy dog when the dog makes a therapy visit.
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