Animal Assisted Therapy -Therapy & Emotional Support Dogs

Psynergy Centre’s Therapy dog Bina and Emotional Support dog  Ruby play valuable roles in providing comfort, companionship, and emotional support to individuals in need as well as staff and practitioners. While both types of dogs offer therapeutic benefits, they serve different purposes and have distinct roles in supporting their human companions.

Therapy Dogs: Therapy dogs are specially trained to provide comfort, affection, and support to people in various settings, such as hospitals, nursing homes, schools, and disaster areas. Unlike service dogs, therapy dogs are not trained to perform specific tasks for individuals with disabilities. Instead, their primary role is to interact with and provide emotional support to multiple people in a variety of environments and in this case, in therapy appointments. Our onsite facility Therapy Dog is Bina.

Emotional Support Dogs: Emotional support dogs, also known as emotional support animals (ESAs), provide comfort, companionship, and emotional support to individuals with mental health conditions or emotional disorders. These dogs are not required to undergo specific training like service dogs or therapy dogs. Instead, they offer therapeutic benefits simply by being present and offering unconditional love and support to their owners. Our onsite Emotional Support Dog is Ruby.

Roles and Benefits:


If you are interested in booking our support animals on site or in the community please phone reception  403-527-5911 to book.

If you do not want to have one of our support dogs present during your appointment please let staff know 24 hours ahead of your appointment. Consent is always a pertinent option of our animal assisted therapy.


On the other hand, Service dogs are more than just highly trained animals; they are lifelines for individuals with disabilities, providing essential assistance and support in navigating the challenges of daily life. Through their specialized training and dedication, service dogs make a profound difference in the lives of their handlers, empowering them to live more independently and with greater confidence. Service dogs play a crucial role in assisting individuals with disabilities by performing specific tasks that enhance their independence, mobility, and quality of life. These highly trained dogs provide invaluable support to individuals with various disabilities, including physical, sensory, psychiatric, and medical conditions.

Definition of Service Dogs: Service dogs are specially trained canines that assist individuals with disabilities by performing specific tasks related to their handler’s disability. These tasks are directly related to mitigating the effects of the individual’s disability and helping them lead more independent lives.

Training Process: Service dogs undergo rigorous training to learn the skills necessary to assist individuals with disabilities effectively. The training process typically involves socialization, obedience training, and specialized task training tailored to the handler’s specific needs. Service dogs are trained to remain calm and focused in various environments and to respond to commands reliably.

Tasks Performed by Service Dogs: Service dogs are trained to perform a wide range of tasks depending on the type of disability they are assisting with. Some common tasks include:

Service dogs are ALWAYS welcome to attend with our clients. If you would like more information on getting a Service or Therapy Dog trained please contact our community collaborator Paws 4 Resiliency 587-404-0660 , on Facebook or for more info.