Whatever its specialization (guiding / assistance or assisted activities), when the dog is educated to help and care, its spontaneity breaks the ice and its presence entails exchanges of incredible meaning and creates opportunities of contacts with the outside world.
As you will see from the pages devoted to each of these specialties, dogs have certain differences. But they also have things in common:
the needs of beneficiaries
are central to defining dog education;
· the reciprocity of the relationship between the person and the dog;
· the welfare of the animal;
· the issues of social recognition of the work done by dogs, whether by the public or the authorities.
All guide dogs, service dogs and mediation dogs are referred to as personal assistance dogs.