Emotional support dogs not taken seriously

Dogs have been established as man’s best since hundreds of years ago. Emotional support dogs take that a step further.

An emotional support dog provides therapeutic relief through affection and companionship for an individual suffering from various mental and emotional conditions. Sadly, these dogs do not get the recognition and credit they deserve.

Emotional support dogs are not required to perform any particular tasks for a disability like service dogs are. They are meant just for emotional stability and unconditional love. They can assist with conditions such as anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder/mood disorder, panic attacks, fear/phobias and other psychological and emotional afflictions.

An emotional support dog can pick up on these things before they even begin. The dogs will do what they think is necessary to help their handler. They will whine, lick and paw at their owner to gain their focus. Their job is to get their handler into a mental place of peace. The dog gives its owner a feeling of safety and acceptance, which allows the person to calm down.

For all that these brilliant dogs do, they aren’t taken as seriously as they should be. Many people believe that emotional support dogs are not as important as service dogs because they are helping mental disorders instead of a physical condition.

Service dogs and emotional support dogs have the same goal in mind, which is helping their handler with whatever they need.

The process to getting an emotional support dog is a lot like getting a service dog. A person must find the right dog that responds well to their needs and then begin working together. Emotional service dogs don’t need classes for this, but the handler should work with them on their own time. Once the dog is well trained and knows what its job is, the owner must get it certified through one of the many service dog organizations. Also, a doctor’s recommendation is required for emotional support dogs.

Emotional support dogs are not permitted to be in some places that service dogs can be in because they aren’t seen as serious. The majority of schools in the United States do not allow emotional support dogs into the building with their handlers. Schools typically see the dogs as more of a distraction to the student body than a source of necessary help for their owner.

People with mental disabilities tend to find it difficult to feel any sort of comfort or ease. Emotional support dogs are able to give that and more to their owners when they need it. Being able to pull someone out of their own mind and away from their problems is a challenging thing to do, but the dogs do it very well.

It’s an important and demanding job to help people with mental disorders, but emotional support dogs do it flawlessly and patiently.