An Emotional Support Dog is purely utilized for their love and emotional stability that they provide for their owners. This dog can possess a range of tasks very similarly to Service Dogs although their main support to owners is through their comfort and guidance in psychological and emotional conditions. Many owners may suffer daily from a variety of disabling conditions such as (not limited to): anxiety, mood disorders, panic attacks, depression, and phobias.
What are the legalities of owning an Emotional Support Dog?
The Fair Housing Amendments Act and the Air Carrier Access Act protect owners and their Emotional Support Animals both at home and on the road. Under the FHAA and the ACAA, individuals who meet the criteria for owning an ESA can benefit from having their animal near their physical proximity at all times. This means that an owner can have their animal with them in the cabin of the plane, usually in the seat next to them, on the plane without additional fees. The key to denoting an Emotional Support Dog is the use of an “Emotional Support Animal” vest.
What does an Emotional Support Dog look like?
While many support animals have specially trained skills, an ESD is not required to have lifesaving trained skill sets. This means that any dog can become an ESD. To differentiate an Emotional Support Dog as such, owners of these animals utilized the “Emotional Support Dog” vests to note to both themselves and the public of these animals unique and important role to the owner.
Where can an Emotional Support Dog go? What does the public need to know about my Emotional Support Dog?
Disabilities are you and your health provider’s sole knowledge, and as an owner of an ESD, you DO NOT need to disclose your disability. In addition to not having to disclose your disability, legally you cannot be asked. Emotional Support dogs and their owners are protected under FHAA and ACAA, and therefore CANNOT be questioned about the details of what specifically requires the owner of an Emotional Support Dog to be with at all times. The protection from FHAA and ACAA can allow the owner of an Emotional Support dog to travel anywhere that an average house pet is prohibited. This can really benefit the owner of the Emotional Support Dog should a crisis set in. Emotional Support Dogs in public places and even in the home can be identified by their official Emotional Support Dog Vests.
Flying with your Emotional Support Dog
Because an Emotional Support Dog is protected by Federal Law, owners of these animals can benefit from having their animal with them at all times. This benefit can come in handy when flying, as traveling tends to be a stressful experience for many people. Those who suffer from the variety of disabling conditions can significantly reduce their stress levels while flying having the ability to have their ESD with them at all times. Emotional Support Animals are granted the access to the cabin, often seated directly next, under or near their owner.
Living with your Emotional Support Dog
Emotional Support Dogs play a vital role in servicing their owners in crisis’s, although they do not need to be trained in any lifesaving or essential skills. Many Emotional Support Dogs start as pets and organically eased their owners underlying conditions. The essential part to having an ESD is utilizing a vest to denote the difference.
What types of disabilities can an Emotional Support Dog help with?
The list below denotes all types of disabilities that an ESD can directly effect and that studies have shown improve the daily life of owners:
- Substance abuse
- Mood disorders
- Psychotic disorders
- Personality disorders
- Impulse-Control Disorders
- Eating Disorders
- Sexual/Gender Identity Disorders
- Stress and Anxiety
- Mental Disorders
- Post-Traumatic Stress
- Generalized Anxiety
- Mood Disorders
- Phobias or Irrational Fear
- Suicidal Thoughts/Tendencies