The most beautiful people are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss

and have found their way out of the depths.   Elizabeth Kubler-Ross


6.  What is the difference between a therapy dog and a
​certified crisis response canine?


Crisis response canines receive advanced training to

work in the complex physical environments of disasters

and to safely interact with strangers experiencing intense emotions in the aftermath of crisis. NATIONAL

crisis response canine teams are certified and insured.

Therapy dogs or comfort dogs work in normal controlled environments such as schools or nursing homes. They have regular scheduled visits, and often work with the same individuals. The emotions of the people they visit are within an expected, normal range.

7.  Can a therapy dog be used to provide comfort during

     or after a disaster?

No. It is unsafe for the people impacted by disaster, the responders, the handler and the dog. Canine teams

require special training, temperament, handling, and 

stress management skills to effectively and safely handle

the intensity and complexity of the environment

and emotions following crisis.

Contact Us for more information about NATIONAL certification requirements. All requests are confidential.

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