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Various roles and tasks of dogs and levels of public access

Companion, therapy and facility, emotional support, and service dogs can all provide similar psychosocial effects, offering comfort, calming, relief from depression and stigma, and motivation. Therapy and facility dogs provide animal-assisted interventions to help people in hospitals, schools, or residential facilities; these dogs have no special legal status for public access, but facility dogs receive rigorous training preparing them to join a professional in the medical, education, or courthouse workplace environment. Emotional support dogs have legal access to housing and public transport. Service dogs trained to perform tasks related to a person’s disability are allowed full public access.

Courtesy of Justin Ross.