FAQs – Emotional Support Dogs

General Information

  1. What is an emotional support dog?
  2. How do emotional support dogs differ from service dogs?
  3. Can any dog become an emotional support dog?
  4. What types of emotional or mental conditions can benefit from an emotional support dog?
  5. Do emotional support dogs require special training?
  6. How can an emotional support dog help in daily life?
  7. Are there specific breeds that are better suited to be emotional support dogs?
  8. How do I know if an emotional support dog is right for me?
  9. Can I have more than one emotional support dog?
  10. What are the responsibilities of owning an emotional support dog?
  11. Can emotional support dogs go anywhere with me?
  12. How do emotional support dogs help with anxiety and depression?
  13. Are emotional support dogs allowed in schools or workplaces?
  14. How long does it take to train an emotional support dog?

Legal and Certification

  1. What legal protections do emotional support dogs have?
  2. Do I need a doctor’s note for an emotional support dog?
  3. How do I certify my dog as an emotional support animal?
  4. Are there specific laws regarding emotional support dogs in housing?
  5. Can airlines refuse to allow my emotional support dog?
  6. What documentation is required to travel with an emotional support dog?
  7. Is registration required for emotional support dogs?
  8. How do emotional support animal laws vary by state?
  9. Can emotional support dogs enter public places like restaurants?
  10. What are my rights if my emotional support dog is denied access?
  11. What happens if my emotional support dog causes a disturbance?
  12. Are there any legal consequences for falsely claiming a pet as an emotional support dog?
  13. How do I prove my dog is an emotional support animal in a legal dispute?

Care and Management

  1. What are the daily care requirements for an emotional support dog?
  2. How often should an emotional support dog visit a veterinarian?
  3. What kind of diet is best for an emotional support dog?
  4. How much exercise does an emotional support dog need?
  5. What are common health issues in emotional support dogs?
  6. How can I train my dog to be more effective as an emotional support animal?
  7. What should I do if my emotional support dog shows signs of stress?
  8. How can I ensure my emotional support dog is well-behaved in public?
  9. What are the grooming needs of an emotional support dog?
  10. Can emotional support dogs travel on long trips?
  11. What accommodations should I make at home for an emotional support dog?
  12. How do I manage my emotional support dog in a no-pet housing situation?
  13. What are some common challenges in managing an emotional support dog?
  14. How can I emotionally bond with my emotional support dog?