Emotional dogs are becoming very popular and are the most common type of emotional support animal (ESA). Their owners rely on these animals to provide them with companionship and give them love and affection. It’s the bond that they form which makes the owners feel better about themselves because they are actually suffering from a disability. Dogs used for this purpose have proven to aid in significantly improving the symptoms of their owner’s disability which is the reason that they are prescribed by a mental health professional.
What Are Emotional Dogs?
These dogs are a type of companion animal, and they provide therapy in the form of therapeutic relief to their owners who may be suffering from a mental or psychological disability. A disability can also include chronic insomnia, stress, anxiety, or depression, but it must be verifiable by a mental health professional. Providing that getting one of these animals would help one of these people in significantly improving the symptoms of their condition, this professional can then prescribe an emotional animal for them and give them a letter of approval. Dogs don’t fit to everyone’s tastes or needs, although they are the most popular, so if you think you may want an alternative then visit onlinedogtor.com/emotional/pets to find out.
How Can I Get One?
Once you have your approval letter, you can go out and purchase a dog, or you could even get your current one registered if you already own pets. Any dog is eligible to be an ESA providing that they are well-behaved and have good social skills. This means that the dog has to be completely under your control, does not cause nuisance or a lot of noise in a public or private setting, and isn’t a danger to anything in any situation. Providing a dog meets the criteria, it can be very easy to get one approved.
Do These Dogs Have Any Rights?
There are certain laws and Acts which protect distress dogs from discrimination, and if you don’t know them, you may be getting cheated. The government knows how important ESA’s are for their owners, which is why there are strict guidelines put in place. Unfortunately, there are a lot of people who don’t even know what these types of animals are so they could be breaking the law without even realizing it. Fortunately, we do know the laws, and you can read on to familiarize yourself with you and your ESA’s rights.
What Else Should I Know?
Contrary to popular belief, there is a difference between ESA’s and service animals. Your certified ESA is not considered to be a service animal, so you won’t be able to take it everywhere in public with you. This is because service animals receive specialized training to enable them to perform tasks for their human and not to attack anyone. An emotional support animal doesn’t require any form of training, and its purpose is to provide companionship for its owner, rather than performing a task for them. This is the key difference between these two types, and you will find that service animals do have more rights.
If you are interested is getting an emotional support dog, and you have a disability but don’t know how to go about getting one then you can contact us, and we will provide you with some assistance. We can screen you first and let you know if it’s a good idea for you to see a mental health professional and be assessed for having an emotional companion. We can also handle the registration and other documents which may be required so please, don’t hesitate to get in touch if you want to know anything.