Ideally, you want to train your puppy for emotional support from the moment you get him. The earlier in age, the better. Starting with simple commands and progressing to situational training will help prepare your dog on how to behave. Before training your dog for emotional support, you must qualify for this by obtaining a medical note from your doctor. Certain psychological disorders are considered to treat with an emotional support animal, and having proper documentation when out in public helps inform establishments.
Picking a dog that you train for emotional support can be a difficult decision. Though some breeds have more relaxed personalities and are easy trainers, this should not limit your search. Labrador Retrievers, Golden Retrievers, Beagles, and Poodles are all great options. These dogs are mild-mannered and quick learners; their behaviors aim to support and please their owner and make very loyal companions.
A doctor must provide a medical letter consenting to the use of an emotional support dog or verifying your disorder; qualifiers are bipolar, fear/phobia, anxiety, depression, PTSD, and mood disorders. This documentation is necessary when traveling, moving into an apartment/housing complex or going to public places with your animal. Many people are unaware and uneducated about emotional support dogs. Keeping your animal’s certification and your verification with you at all times avoid issues and guarantees your right to access with your dog.
Getting an emotional support dog for treatment is ideal for managing unhealthy behaviors and use of multiple medications. Taking time away from others and yourself gives them a necessary break from catering to your needs. Your emotional support dog is a great pet and can be let off duty just as a service dog can, letting your dog relax and enjoy time to themselves is important for your relationship.