EMOTIONAL SUPPORT ANIMALS, MORE THAN JUST PETS
For many people, dogs are just pets. But for others, dogs, as pets, are helpful companions for navigating difficult physical and emotional situations. For many an assistance dog is a vital necessity to living day to day life. Dogs, in our society, are frequently more than just household pets. Emotional Support Animals, such as dogs, can assist those living with illnesses, physical or mental, and these dogs can provide emotional solace to people, physical assistance or psychological reassurance.
To walk an emotional support dog around as someone who requires assistance is a huge improvement on social interaction and eases social anxieties. For people who have an emotional support dog, the dogs are sometimes specifically trained and are often trained in order to meet the needs of a specific person. While these furry companions are at work, it is of the upmost importance that strangers do not approach the Emotional Support Animals to distract them as this undoes the necessity of having a focused and trained emotional support dog.
Many of the garments worn by an emotional support dog have some level of text describing their job and the importance for strangers to not distract or disturb the dog while it is at work. For example, a working vest might say “Please do not pet me — I am working.”
Many people are qualified in registering emotional support animals, in this case a dog. Disabilities that qualify one to register their animal include: Bipolar Disorder, Panic Attacks, Social Phobias, Cognitive Decline, PTSD, Seizures, Epilepsy and difficulties with physical actions or requirements. To register the animal you have to have a physical or psychiatric impairment to legally register the animal. However upon doing so and later approval the Emotional Support Animals will receive the proper documentation to register them as an officiated emotional support animal.
Typically, for an emotional support animal, you may technically register any domesticated animal as one for emotional support. You must also receive some form of approval from a professional to receive documentation for an emotional support animal.
As previously mentioned, emotional support animals, after receiving their approved emotional support dog registration, will often require specific accessories to start/continue working. Firstly, there are Emotional Support Dog Vest that designate the animal as an emotional support animal. These garments are important for the dog, in this case. While occasionally emotional support dogs are trained to assist there owners, it is also possible to register a dog as an emotional support animal without any prior training. For this reason, it is imperative that onlookers recognize that the dog is working and is to not be disturbed.
A harness is another important accessory for a emotional support dog as it is important for the Emotional Support Animals to be secure and near the owner while working. Without the close connection, the emotional support could be lost and there is a risk that in ill-fitting collars the dog could break loose somehow. There are a plethora of other accessories that can be provided for emotional support dogs and can be changed as needed. It is of the upmost importance for these animals to help their owners in emotional ways and to do so requires the right equipment and accessories.