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    Default Does "canine companions" mean "dogs serving as compainions (for the patients)"?

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    Default Re: Does "canine companions" mean "dogs serving as compainions (for the patients)"?

    Yes, in this context, canine companions are dogs who are taken into hospitals. Many patients find that they feel better when they are given the opportunity to pet, stroke or otherwise engage with animals.
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    Default Re: Does "canine companions" mean "dogs serving as compainions (for the patients)"?

    But I would add that a "canine companion" does not necessarily mean dogs in hospitals or therapy dogs, even though it does in this context. It can just mean a pet dog.

    I saw Josh and his fine-looking canine companion at the park yesterday.
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