I challenge you and will say,"No." These "therapy dogs" existed way before training, foundations and placement. The word "dog" in the dictionary should say" therapeutic and calming animal" in its definition. I can't tell you how many times I have come home from a long, awful, hard day and cuddled Dexter and instantly felt at peace. When our 12 year old friend was dying of cancer, Dexter came in handy for my daughter and me when we were unbelievably sad.. we could cry into his fur for as long as we needed. He just was there. He never walked away-like our cats do-or asked 1 million questions. He never gives answers or tries to "fix" our problems. He just lets us cuddle/rest/be/heal.
I know that when I bring Dexter to my mom's assisted living building, all the residents get instantly happier. Their crabby or sad or unexcited faces turn suddenly to smiles. They ask questions of each other,share memories and come out of their shells. It is amazing to see how wonderful animals are for people's souls. They are instinctively "therapeutic".
How has a dog or animal been therapeutic to you??