Can Puppies Be Emotional Support Animals?
Every dog owner knows the benefits that come with owning a dog, from going out to exercise to receiving a lifelong companion. However, for individuals suffering from various mental and emotional conditions, owning a dog is critical to being able to function normally. The dog offers the owner emotional support, thus giving them the strength to deal with daily life struggles that would otherwise have been impossible to handle on their own.
As mentioned, most people find comfort in their dogs. For the majority, a cute and playful puppy may be exactly what they need. However, it can be confusing to figure out if you can use a puppy as an ESA on your own. The good news, nevertheless, is that DoNotPay can help you with this easily and efficiently. Read along for more information on this.
What Is an Emotional Support Animal?
An emotional support animal is an animal whose primary role is to offer companionship to an individual with some form of disability. While dogs are the most common type of ESAs, a vast majority use cats as well.
Here are a few of the many benefits of owning an ESA:
|Reduced anxiety||Spending time with ESA pets can lighten your mood and reduce your anxiety.|
|Companionship||ESA support dog can be a companion to people who experience loneliness.|
|Better physical health||ESA pets can help to reduce pain, lower blood pressure, and stabilize breathing rates.|
|Trauma support||If you're facing severe challenges like trauma, pets can provide comfort.|
|Reasons to live||Caring for an animal can enhance your self-worth, giving you a sense of purpose. Besides, you create an emotional bond as you care for the animal while receiving love in return.|
Can a Puppy Be an Emotional Support Animal?
Yes, a puppy can become an emotional support animal. Matter of fact, there is no age limit for dogs to become emotional support animals. The dog owner may decide to have an older, well-trained dog, or they may choose to have a puppy and have it trained right after birth. The only requirement one needs to own an ESA is to have a prescription from a licensed mental health practitioner.
How Can You Qualify a Puppy as an ESA?
It is worth noting that there are no requirements a puppy needs to meet to become an emotional support animal. Unlike the case with service dogs, puppies do not have a list of tasks they are supposed to do for the owner to qualify. Provided the owner has a prescription from their mental health professional, they can use any animal as their emotional support animal, such as a puppy or a dog.
How Can I Train My Puppy to Be an Emotional Support Animal?
As mentioned, no specific training is needed for a puppy to qualify as an emotional support animal. Since ESAs are mainly used for therapeutic purposes, they do not need to complete specific tasks for their owner.
Having said that, you should take your puppy through basic obedience training. This will help you avoid various behavioral problems with your landlord or on airplanes.
You can train your puppy on some of the basic commands, such as:
Can a Landlord Have Issues With Using a Puppy as an ESA?
Your landlord has no legal grounds to deny you to have a puppy as your emotional support animal, regardless of the animal's breed or age. However, the landlord may deny your request under the following circumstances:
- You cannot provide a housing letter. Your landlord will deny your request to have a puppy as an ESA animal if you fail to provide a valid ESA letter.
- Your animal needs extreme living adjustments. Your landlord will deny your request to have an ESA if accommodating them requires unreasonable or excessive changes to the house.
How to Get Your Dog to Be an Emotional Support Animal
Follow these steps if you want to make your dog or your puppy an ESA:
- Before anything else, evaluate if having an ESA will add value to your life.
- Discuss your wishes with a licensed mental healthcare professional.
- Get your ESA letter for your dog or puppy.
- Take your ESA letter to your landlord or HOA.
How Can DoNotPay Help?
Through our new Service and Emotional Support Animals product, DoNotPay can help you with all of your ESA-related concerns, including contacting your landlord about your ESA, asking airlines such as United Airlines, American Airlines, and Southwest Airlines about their accommodation options, and finding the most affordable online ESA-letter service.
If you want to get your dog to be an emotional support animal, DoNotPay can get you started in 3 easy steps:
- Search "service animal" on DoNotPay.
- Select the type of issue you need help with, including contacting your landlord about your ESA/service animal, asking your airline about ESA options, or requesting ESA/service accommodations at other venues.
- Answer a series of questions about your current situation and the details of your ESA/service animal, so we can generate the best results for you.
And that's it! Depending on your issue, DoNotPay will generate a letter to your landlord and mail it on your behalf, contact the airline agency and get back to you with an answer, or send a letter to your mental health professional requesting an ESA letter.
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