An emotional support animal is a dog or any other domestic animal which provides therapeutic support to a disabled through companionship. ESAs are not trained like service dogs. It means that animal should undergo complete training to avoid habits like lengthy barking and etc. Animal should not pose a danger to other tenants. Judge is given the complete responsibility to give medical determination that the person is disabled. In order to qualify as disabled under federal laws, a person should experience substantial limitations. There are various benefits for people with low pets including,
- Lower cholesterol
- Lower blood pressure
- Reduced stress levels
- Reduced feelings of loneliness
- Better mental health
- Increased activity
It is very important to note that emotional support animal is not service animals. It is important to note the differences between these two. Emotional support animals are having various benefits in offering the companionship to the owners. They no need any training to support disabled persons. It can be difficult to differentiate between emotional support animal and companion animal. It is not necessary for animal to accompany the owner in public.
Stroking an animal:
As per the animal assisted therapy in counseling, it is the process of stroking an animal. These provide various benefits like calming and relaxing. HUD states that emotional support animals relieve depression and anxiety. It will also reduce stress induced pain with certain medical conditions affected by stress. The main factor should be considered in recommending emotional support animals to clients are, determining whether client can properly protect the animal. Dogs are the most famous used animals in emotional support. HUD legislations use the term as assistance animals. HUD provides current federal legislation which covers rights regarding emotional support animals. HUD verified that an emotional support animal is not a pet. An assistance animal works and performs the tasks to help disabled persons. HUD also stipulated that emotional support animals never undergo training to help the disabled people. There are no qualification requirements to determine whether a pet is suitable to serve as an emotional support animal. Though a federal law does not require emotional support animal to be certified, some of these animals are unpredictable and so there may be chance for harm. When providing documentation, only consider the benefit of individual having emotional support animal, but do not name a specific animal. The design concerned to the specific pet to be designated as emotional support animal should be made by the individual owner of pet.