After I adopted my first puppy, I didn't train him very well. I was too afraid of him getting "mad at me" to scold him when he did naughty puppy things, like chewing up my shoes. I thought he would grow out of some of his bad habits, but it didn't seem like he was. I asked another dog owner at the dog park for advice, and he told me that dogs really enjoy being trained, and proper training actually makes them happier. After that conversation, I started taking my dog to a local training center and he seemed to really love being there! He soon stopped his bad habits and even learned fun tricks. I want to share my dog training tips with anyone out there who needs them and help everyone learn that a well-trained pet is a happy pet!
When you want a pet, but cannot have one because your landlord or city ordinances say the animal is not allowed, what do you do? Most people may shrug it off and accept it, but when the emotional or psychological need is great, that is not possible. So many animals in the last decade have been certified as therapy animals, and as such, they can be housed anywhere their owners are. If you need a pet and can get a prescription for a therapy animal, here is how to get around the restrictions and ordinances.
Step 1: Apply for an ESA Evaluation
Before you get an emotional support animal (ESA), you have to undergo the evaluation process, which includes a questionnaire and an interview. If approved, you can then purchase or adopt an animal of your choosing, have the animal assessed, and then apply for certification. To learn more about ESA evaluations, contact a provider like Next Generation Psychology.
Step 2: Choosing Your Animal
Consider your ESA animal carefully. If your animal is going to remain a therapy animal that stays at home and never travels, you can select almost any animal you like, as long as the animal can be supported and cared for adequately on your property. For example, if you live in the suburbs, but you have a fenced-in yard with plenty of land around your home, you can keep a dog, cat, chicken, duck, pot-bellied pig, rabbit, deer, goat, or even a miniature horse, despite city ordinances against "farm" animals, so long as the animal is an ESA-certified pet. (Full-sized animals, such as cows, horses, and llamas are still typically off-limits because of their size.)
Step 3: Get Certified
You must get certified, and your chosen furry, rough, bumpy, feathery or scaly friend has to be certified as well. You can choose certification for housing only, travel only, or housing and travel. There are fees tied to the certification process, but once the fees are paid and you and your animal are certified, you can keep your pet regardless of where you live. If you plan to travel with your ESA pet, make sure that the animal you choose can fit on a train or plane.
The Importance of this Important Process
ESA animals have dramatically improved the lives of those with emotional and psychological problems. Instead of suicide or self-harm, patients focus on caring for the pet. Since research shows that people with pets live longer, healthier lives with less stress and fewer health problems related to stress, it just makes sense to make this service available to everyone who needs it.