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Old 09-29-2013, 10:17 PM
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Emotional support animal?

I've heard about dogs, cats, ferrets, etc being able to stay in rented housing that has a no-pet policy by telling the landlord that it's an emotional support animal. I believe you have to show them something from a doctor or psychiatrist, and the animal can't be disruptive or cause damage to the property. I'm not considering lying about that just to be manipulative, lol. I'm also not moving out of this house for at least another four years. It's just something I've been thinking a lot about, in the event that I decide to move. Does anyone have experience with doing this?
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I think you can do therapy training in an attempt to do something like this but the certification isn't easy. Would be fun to do though.
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Therapy Dog registration is different than an Emotional Support, that falls under Service Dogs. And I am going to be honest with you: please do not be swayed into bluffing for such a thing! It tarnishes the service for those who are in true need of it. If you are not, do not abuse the system.

I run a therapy dog for the benefit of others, it only gives Ion access to areas where he is permitted: nursing homes, hospitals, I volunteer mostly with hospice patients and families. As one volunteering in the service we are encouraged to educate others about the proper roles of both Therapy and Service dogs... please respect the laws in place for the sake of those truly in need.
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My good friend has an amstaff who is her emotional support dog. I believe all you need in most places is a note from your doctor stating that the dog is an emotional support animal and should be permitted, but she has him registered and everything.
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Thanks for clarifying Shep, I didn;t realize they were thinking of something else.

You could also get your CGN or CKC? That would likely help in finding a new place-proof of your dog's good behavior
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Thanks for clarifying Shep, I didn;t realize they were thinking of something else.
No problem. There are indeed distinctions, and having assisted with the training classes and been involved with the program it is amazing how often the differing areas get confused.
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It is different everywhere, but in Australia we seem to have:

Service - Eg: Guide dog, hearing assistance dog, physical assistance dog
Working - Eg: Police, search & rescue, airport sniffer
Support - Emotional support dogs
Alert - Eg: Diabetes, epilepsy & more recently I have read there is a move to allow proven migraine alert dogs.
Therapy - Those licensed & qualified to visit places such as hospitals, nursing homes, schools, rehab clinics & even prisons.

I don't know the specifics of your area but I believe the qualifications for emotional support dog can range from a simple note from your doctor to a full mental evaluation test as well as a display proving the dog does in fact aid you during times of need...and I dont just mean feeling a little stressed or down - I mean serious anxiety disorders, phobias, PTSD, chronic depression etc.

Unless you feel that you genuinely need a dog for my above mentioned reasons, please do not attempt to have him/her registered as a support animal. My best suggestion to you is to train your dog exceptionally well. No destructive behaviors, barking, anti social behaviour, aggression...& go for you canine Good Citizen Cert & prove that the dog is obedient.

Yes, it can be very difficult to find new accommodation but prior planning & good training can make the path a lot easier for you

Best of luck.
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Here is what wikipedia has to say:
Emotional support animal - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
This is for the US, mind you. I am thinking of training my dog in some tasks to help with my anxiety disorder, and making her my ESA. PLEASE get your dog to at LEAST good citizenship level! Only do this if you really need it. Under US law, ESAs are pets, NOT service animals, so you don't get to enter businesses and restaurants and the like, nor put service tags on. You get to go on airplanes in the passenger cabin with your dog (assuming it's not a disruption or hazard to human passengers) and qualify for pet-free housing. You do have to still pay damages if your dog causes harm to the property.
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Just to be very very clear, being diagnosed with a disorder/disease does NOT make you qualified to have a service dog (which is DIFFERENT than an emotional support dog).

You (in the US) absolutely must meet the requirements defined by the ADA as being disabled. There is a difference between a diagnosis and a disability. Many people have diagnosed diseases/disorders but they don't meet the criteria of disabled. If you are not disabled (as defined by the ADA) you cannot have a service dog.
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Hey blottie,
An ESA is allowed to live in no-pet housing and travel with their owner on the airplane. They are there to provide support to those with depression, anxiety, and other "disorders." Please only get a note from a doctor if you are truly in need!
(Im not accusing you)
I myself am eligible, because I have depression and high anxiety.
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