With so many options-
it can be hard to decide which training program is the right fit for you and your dog.

Here’s a quick guide to help you understand which program may be your best choice.

Service Dog

Emotional Support Animal (ESA)

Therapy Dog


  • Performs a specific set of functions (a task, alert, assistance, etc.) for a person with a disability. A.K.A - A “Working Dog”.

  • Welcomed anywhere that is open to the general public- this includes restaurants, hospitals, theme parks, etc.

End of Training Requirements-

  • Must be trained to perform a specific task or action.

  • Must be under your control at all times and properly leashed unless being leashed hinders their ability to perform said action.

  • Provides comfort to humans in need of emotional support & has been recommended for assistance by a mental health professional.

  • Exempt from “no pets” housing limitations and can not be charged a pet rent fee. Also allowed to fly in cabin on commercial airlines for no charge.

    End of Training Requirements-

  • Must be reasonably trained to be able to sit, stay, lie down, walk at your side, come and stay while on leash.

  • No destructive or distracting behavior such as barking or marking territory.

  • Trained to visit those who may be in need of a little puppy love - Hospitals, Assisted Living Homes, Schools, etc.

  • Generally Therapy dogs have completed their ESA or Service Dog training as well as passed their AKC Canine Good Citizen Test.

End of Training Requirements-

  • Trained to be non-reactive to wheelchairs, canes, crutches, and walkers.

  • Trained to be calm around loud noises, sudden movements, and close proximity to new and/or large groups of people.