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Ilghaus

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Let's Have a Discussion on Skilled Companion Dogs
« on: August 28, 2007, 03:30:09 PM »
Do you know what a "Skilled Companion Dog" is?

What is the difference between a Skilled Companion Dog and an Assistance Dog? How about the difference between a Skilled Companion Dog and a Therapy Dog?

We know that a handler of any type of Assistance Dog has the "Right of Public Access".  Does the owner/handler of a Skilled Companion Dog have Public Access rights? How about the owner/handler of a certified Therapy Dog?

Does anyone here have any experience working with or training a dog to be used as a Skilled Companion?

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Re: Let's Have a Discussion on Skilled Companion Dogs
« Reply #1 on: August 28, 2007, 05:23:38 PM »
A skilled companion dog is usually one that is released from a service dog training program.  Most are released for inadequate performance in public access, but some may be released for low work ethic or minor health issues such as allergies.  While anyone would love to have one of these mentally and physically sound dogs, with lovely temperaments and good manners, most programs give preference to applicants with disabled children.
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Re: Let's Have a Discussion on Skilled Companion Dogs
« Reply #2 on: October 07, 2007, 09:22:39 AM »
Therapy dogs go to hospitals sometimes. Is that public access?
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Re: Let's Have a Discussion on Skilled Companion Dogs
« Reply #3 on: October 16, 2007, 12:24:37 PM »
That's a good question, Sandy!

For service dogs, hospitals are considered a "public accommodation."  Persons with disabilities accompanied by service dogs are generally allowed to enter any area of a public accommodation where members of the public are permitted.  With rare exception, the handler doesn't have to ask before entering and cannot legally be forbidden to enter.

Therapy dog teams do not have public access rights.  When they visit hospitals, it is ONLY with permission from the hospital.  Some hospitals permit therapy dog teams and others do not.  Some only permit therapy dog teams at certain times or in certain wards or areas.  It is up to the individual hospital to decide whether and where they will permit therapy dogs in their facility.

Sometimes when a person is sick, some hospitals will permit their own pet to visit them.  The pet should be freshly bathed and very well-behaved, but might not have to be a certified therapy dog to visit.  This is also up to the hospital.  Not all hospitals will permit a pet visit.
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Re: Let's Have a Discussion on Skilled Companion Dogs
« Reply #4 on: February 01, 2009, 09:15:27 AM »
Do skilled companion dogs ever go to homes with disabled adults instead of children, if the adults promise and understand that the dogs won't be used for public access?
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