What’s in a name – service dogs, therapy dogs, support dogs?

Animal-assisted interventions involve animals and people working together in a number of ways and at different levels to achieve positive outcomes. Some animals provide support in the simplest form of companionship, while others are trained to perform a much higher level of service. There’s often confusion, though, about the labels assigned to these animals and…

“Pet Therapy” terms cheat sheet

As we continue to develop Oakland University’s Center for Human Animal Interventions, we know that as educators, we need to help people understand what the various terms in the field mean – and why. While many use the term “pet therapy,” on the professional side, the field is known as “animal assisted interventions.” And it’s…