What is an emotional support animal (ESA)?

For future reference, in the rest of this article, I will use (ESA) for the term “Emotional Support Animal.” An ESA is a dog or any other pet that provides emotional support & comfort to their owner. A licensed mental health professional will write a prescription to have your pet ESA approved. such as a therapist, psychologist, or psychiatrist. This article will cover making your dog an emotional support animal. Whether your dog is an ESA or Service Dog, either one will strengthen your Dogbond.

The difference between an ESA and a Service Dog

Many people are confused as to the difference between an ESA and a Service Dog. A trained service dog performs specific tasks for individuals. Trained service dogs can go anywhere, and everywhere their owner may go.

An ESA does not require any specialized training. However, the ESA must be well trained while in public to sit & stay on command. Being distracted or jumping on passersby is unacceptable. People with ESAs have additional rights, such as the ability to live in places that are not necessarily pet-friendly housing. 

The Fair Housing Act & The Air carrier Access Act allows both service animals & ESAs to accompany their owners in the aircraft cabin during flights. Emotional support animals provide a valuable service to those who need it; however, misrepresenting a pet as an ESA is both unethical and illegal in some states

Article : By Franco Campanello