Service Dog Emotional Support Dog Therapy Dog
Is trained a specific task or behavior YES NO NO
to assist a person with a disability
Provides emotional support
and comfort to people NO NO YES
In public, displays very good behavior and is comfortable with a variety of people, situations and experiences YES NO YES
Is allowed to fly in the cabin of a plane YES YES NO
May live with a person with a disability even in housing with a no pet policy
YES YES NO
Primary role is to be a
companion and provide
emotional support NO YES NO
Requires very specialized and intensive
training YES NO NO
Requires registration or certification NO NO NO
Is protected by Americans with Disability Act (ADA) to bring their dog into public
places where pet dogs are NOT allowed
(i.e. grocery store, restaurant, etc.) YES NO NO
The Americans with Disability Act (ADA) defines a Service Dog as a dog that has been individually trained to perform tasks on cue that assist a person with a disability. The tasks performed by the dog must be directly related to the person's disability.
EMOTIONAL SUPPORT DOG
Emotional Support Dogs provide comfort to their person just by their presence. Providing comfort is not a trained behavior and, therefore, the dog is not considered an assistance (service) dog under the ADA.
Emotional support dogs do not have the intensive and specialized training that a service dog receives.
Therapy Dogs are usually a person's own pet dog that the person has had qualified (through a therapy dog organization) to make visits to hospitals, schools, nursing homes, etc. Sometimes health care professionals and teachers incorporate a therapy dog into their work with their clients or students.
As the only ACCREDITED service dog training program in Indiana, ICAN has brought together dogs, inmates and people living with disabilities, providing hope for more enriched and independent living. To learn more, visit icandog.org or call 317-672-3864.