About our Therapy Dogs
Although Guide Dogs and Therapy Dogs look similar—and both play important roles in supporting the community—they perform their roles in different ways.
Guide Dogs are easily identified by the special Guide Dog harness they wear. When a Guide Dog is wearing a harness, they are ‘on the job’: supporting their handle to navigate the world. Although it can be tough, it’s important not to pat or distract a working Guide Dog. This can create an unsafe environment for both the Guide Dog handler and the Guide Dog.
In contrast, being patted is part of the job description for ACT Court Canine Support Therapy Dogs! Their role is to provide comfort and affection for people who would like their company. ACT Court Canine Support Therapy Dogs wear an orange Therapy Dog vest with the Guide Dogs NSW/ACT logo.