Facility Dogs are skillfully trained to work in a facility (school, therapist office, hospital) and assist their handler in helping their clients in a number of beneficial ways.
A Facility Dog may be trained to demonstrate lying on and entering an MRI machine to reduce anxiety about the procedure for a patient. A Facility Dog can work in the schools as a loving and nonjudgmental listening ear to a student reading aloud. They can assist in comforting students in crisis and provide a moment of joy and reprieve in the middle of a long school day. A Facility Dog may work in the courts to provide comfort to a victim recounting a painful story.
*Pictured to the right - Aspen School Counselor's dog, Willow, practicing "give love" with a student.
A Facility Dog may be a dog you already own that has a suitable temperament for the job, and just needs training to be a well-behaved, productive member of your organization. We can assist you with training and certification!
You can also get a started or fully trained Facility Dog through our organization.
A Facility Dog is different than a Therapy Dog in that the dog is trained specifically to work in and for an organization, often with specific tasks to benefit the clients, whereas a Therapy Dog is a dog taken into hospitals to provide love and bring joy to the clients. A Facility Dog is not a Service Dog which is trained to assist their handler (and only their handler) with a disability. Facility Dogs do not have access rights (they may not go to grocery stores, restaurants, or fly in cabin on a plane.)