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What is a comfort dog?

Comfort dogs play a different helping role than service dogs and emotional support animals.  They aren't trained to work for a specific handler.  Rather, these are dogs that - with their human teammate (often the dog's owner) - work in clinical settings, such as hospitals, mental health institutions, hospice clinics, schools, and nursing homes, where they provide comfort, affection, and even love in the course of their work.  Comfort dogs are trained to be comfortable in new environments and to interact with different people.  They must have a calm temperament, be unfazed by unfamiliar noises and movements, be comfortable being handled, and love people. They are essentially Therapy dogs, but they "work" instead of Volunteer. 

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