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Walter the Therapy Dog

Woof! Meet  Walter!

Meet Walter, Boston Center for Memory’s first ever therapy dog!

Walter comes to us from Boonefield Labradors in Rindge, New Hampshire. A big thank you to Peggi and David!

 

Walter joined our team in 2020. He provides affection, comfort and support to our patients, their families, caregivers, and our staff. 

You can also read about Walter on the Boonefield Labradors Comfort and Therapy Dogs page! #WalteratBCM

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What is the difference between Therapy Dogs and Service Dogs?

 

Therapy dogs are not service dogs. Service dogs are specially trained to perform specific tasks to help a person who has a disability. An example is a dog who is trained to guide an owner who is blind, or a dog who assists someone who has a physical disability. 

 

A therapy dog is a dog that is trained to provide affection, comfort and support to people, often in settings such as hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, libraries, hospices, or disaster areas. Once Walter is formally trained and eventually certified, he will be considered a certified facility therapy dog.