Emotional support dogs are defined by their ability to comfort people through affection and companionship. Though they don’t receive any formal training, they are a big help to those who suffer from mental and/or emotional issues.
You might be wondering how are they different from other service dogs? Emotional support dogs aren’t required to perform any specific tasks needed to aid a person who is limited by a disability like service dogs are.
Because emotional support animals aren’t required to undergo specialized training, they aren’t allowed access to all public areas. But most notably, you’ve likely seen emotional support dogs flying with someone who has emotional or psychological disabilities. This is common practice as long as a letter is provided by a physician.
Their primary role is to provide their owners with emotional comfort. Emotional support animals can psychologically benefit an individual who has a disability tremendously. The gift of companionship and unconditional affection can be just the right therapy to counter a condition like debilitating depression.
Emotional support dogs provide comfort, a calming presence, and company. Emotional support dogs do not have access to all public areas, but there are two legal protections.
First, they can fly with a person who has an emotional or psychological disability. Second, they can qualify for no-pet housing. A letter from a physician may be requested by housing authorities and airlines because the use of emotional support dogs has been abused by some over the years.