Emotional Support Dog Information

What is an Emotional Support Dog?

An Emotional Support Dog is a dog that a licensed mental health professional has determined provides some benefit to an individual with a mental or emotional disability. They do not require specific training and provide emotional or mental stability to their owner through their love and companionship. Emotional Support Dogs are also commonly called Companion Dogs and are a specific type of Emotional Support Animal (ESA). They are not service dogs.

Curious to know if you could potentially qualify for an emotional support animal? Get started by taking our free, 5-minute screening survey and receive an instant result.

What Disabilities Qualify for an Emotional Support Dog?

Social Anxiety Disorder

Your emotional support dog could help you overcome social anxiety fear and boost your self-confidence.

General Anxiety Disorder

Whether you’re constantly worried or have trouble concentrating, your ESA or emotional support dog can be there to relieve some of the daily anxiety.


Your emotional support animal or dog is there to comfort you if you struggle with depression and will be there to get you out of bed each morning.

Panic Disorder

Your emotional support dog could be there to calm you (sometimes this just means having them by your side) when you face a panic attack.

Postpartum Depression

Having postpartum depression can be extremely tough, but your ESA or emotional support dog could help ease the pain you are going through.

Bipolar Disorder

No matter your alter in moods, energy or activity levels, your emotional support animal or dog could be your constant in the midst of irregular change if you suffer from bipolar disorder.

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Having OCD is a real disorder and affects your day-to-day life. By being a pet owner to your emotional support animal or dog, you could have a furry friend to help you relax.

Impulse-Control Disorder

Your emotional support dog can help you with your urges and impulses not only with their sweet faces but also their ability to comfort you in need.

Phobias and Fears

It could be a fear of heights or fear of social situations; your emotional support animal or dog is there to reduce some of the stress.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder PTSD can be anything from nightmares to extreme worry/anxiety of past experiences, but your ESA or emotional support dog can be by your side during hard times and help you with your mental health.

Seasonal Affective Disorder

It’s difficult when dealing with depression at the same time every year so having your ESA or emotional support dog at your feet, hip, or head (it’s not just the small pets that do it either), you can start to feel a little bit better.

Emotional Support Animal Prescription

An Emotional Support Animal Prescription is actually a letter from a Licensed Mental Health Professional or Physician. This is the ONLY requirement for your dog or cat to be an Emotional Support Animalnothing else (this includes certifications, registrations, emotional support dog registry, etc.).

Common Myths about Emotional Support Dogs, Service Dogs, And More

Disclaimer: If the landlord/owner witnesses neglect of the emotional support dog or significant damage done, they may be able to charge fees later on.

Traveling With Your Dog

The Air Carrier Access Act ensures that people are able to fly with their Emotional Support Dog without having to pay additional fees.

The airlines do require that they are informed in advance and that a recent (less than one-year-old) medical letter is provided as well.

How to Get an Emotional Support Animal: CertaPet’s Process

CertaPet makes the process of getting your (legitimate) ESA letter for your dog very easy. We know the invaluable contribution animals make to help people cope with mental illnesses and other emotional conditions. Whether they’re suffering from depression and anxiety, PTSD or bipolar disorder: ESAs have a massively beneficial impact on their owners.

What CertaPet does is make it easier for people to connect with a LMHP in their state. For some people, the process of finding and meeting up with a therapist is an overwhelming concept. All you need to do to get started with our process is to take a free 5-minute pre-screening. If your answers indicate that you may qualify for an ESA, we will connect you with a LMHP in your state.

Skip the “emotional support dog for sale” scam. At CertaPet our sole purpose is to help people get their legitimate ESA letters.

Prairie Conlon, LPC


Licensed mental health professional and the world’s leading emotional support animal expert. Founder of Emotional Support Animal Assisted Therapy. Utilizing animal assisted interventions to induce healing and wellness.

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