Companion dog

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Poodles are popular companion dogs

A companion dog is one whose main job is to keep people company.[1] It is not necessary that companion dogs be trained to perform any specific task.[2] Their main service is to provide companionship. A dog trained to perform a task for a disabled handler is called a service dog.[2]

Suitability[change | change source]

While most any family pet could be considered a companion, the best companion dogs have certain qualities. First, they must be suited for living indoors.[1] They should be calm and not aggressive around other people or animals. A dog should be compatible with a person's lifestyle and personality.[3] Large dogs may not be suitable for very young children. Older people are increasingly choosing smaller dogs.[4] Therapy dogs and emotional support dogs provide comfort to people with certain conditions. Often they belong to staff members of hospitals or institutions.[2] Some dogs are certified as companion dogs and are selected for certain qualities.

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Companion Dogs". Retrieved 24 August 2015.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "Service Animal vs. Companion Animal". The Independence Center. Retrieved 24 August 2015.
  3. "Choosing Man's Best Friend: A Guide to Canine Companions". Retrieved 24 August 2015.
  4. Gina Spadafori (5 March 2013). "The 5 Best Dogs for Your Golden Years". Vetstreet. Retrieved 24 August 2015.