How Do Emotional Support Dogs Work?
One thing to note is that an emotional support dog is not actually a service animal, though they do provide a service for their owner. Service animals are primarily used to help aid people by doing work or helping to perform tasks for people who struggle with some sort of disability – things like guiding blind people, helping move wheelchairs, etc.
Emotional support animals, on the other hand, aren’t necessarily tasked with performing work for people who are disabled. Instead, their task is to simply provide emotional support for people who are struggling with some sort of mental health issue.
This means that they are quite different than service animals in a number of ways:
- They do not require any specific training to be an emotional support animal.
- The value that they provide is a result of them simply spending time with and interacting with their owner.
- The process by which emotional support animals are registered is quite different than that which service animals must be registered.
- Pretty much any dog can become an emotional support animal given that the proper forms are filled out and approved.
As you can see, emotional support dogs are not too difficult to become a part of your life. But what are the benefits of using one of these animals?