When opting for a service dog or emotional support dog, many people don’t know what to expect. Will the dog be just like a pet? In what ways should I still treat the dog the same as I would a pet? In what ways is it different? Here are some tips for successfully living with your service dog or emotional support dog. In order to get a dog for emotional support, you will need an approved emotional support dog letter from your healthcare professional.
Your service dog will live a pretty fulfilled life, as their day is filled with much of what a dog needs to live a healthy and happy life. Not only do they cherish the one-on-one time they get with you, and all of the attention, love, and affection you show them, but the mental and physical stimulation also plays a great part in a dog’s satisfaction. No dog can be happy or healthy without the right level of physical activity and mental stimulation.
Your dog will work hard for you, and not only that, but they will love what they do. However, just like humans, it’s important to give your dog time off for enjoyment. Plan fun activities for you and your dog to do as a unit, where during this time they don’t have to think about work. For example, you may want to take your dog hiking, dock diving, through an agility course, or just general playing around and doing things that the dog will enjoy. If you both enjoy it, that makes it even better, as your dog loves it when you are having a good time with them.
The Dog Vest
Many service dog and emotional support dog owners wonder about their dog’s vest. Many have to decide whether they want to keep it simple or really decorate it out with patches, embroidery, etc. The truth is, there’s no wrong way to do your vest, as there are no laws that govern this. Do it however you like. If you don’t mind the extra attention, add some personality and creative flair. However, if you already go into public establishments with your dog, then you may already be used to the stares. Always have more than one vest for different occasions, and different fabrics for different seasons.
In order to get a dog for emotional support, you will need an approved emotional support dog letter from your healthcare professional.