Emotional Support Animal or Service Animal for Anxiety? (Differences + How to Get One)

Emotional Support Animal or Service Animal for Anxiety? (Differences + How to Get One)

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In this video, we discuss exactly what a service dog is and how it differs from an emotional support animal or therapy animal. We also discuss who can qualify for a service animal or emotional support animal, how to get one, and what kind of services they can provide.

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43 Comments

  1. Susan Focht on July 6, 2022 at 4:06 am

    ESA only have one thing a normal pet do and that is over rule the no pet policy that a landlord has when scripted by a Therapist and only a Therapist can scripted this because of the word Emotional.

  2. Saylor Rayne23 on July 6, 2022 at 4:09 am

    I have a miniature goldendoodle ….sooooo technology she’s on there. Kinda. Lol golden Retriever and poodle.

  3. Lady the SDIT on July 6, 2022 at 4:10 am

    I have a service dog in training! The reason I have her is to help me go places with people I’m not a fan of people! I scratch my self and hurt myself and leg bounces she stops me from doing that and she’s learning front and back block she’s owner trained!

    I do not have a doctors note but I did tell them why I need one and she said those are all great reasons to have one!

  4. Clos Aquin on July 6, 2022 at 4:12 am

    One of my friends had severe siezures .he got a terrier mix and the siezures went away.weird.he still has the dog and epilepsy free

  5. Anderson C on July 6, 2022 at 4:12 am

    How are these service dogs taken care of ifi the person they are helping has a "disablity"?

  6. Lena Ramirez on July 6, 2022 at 4:14 am

    Im a 14 year old girl who has suffered from anxiety and depression since I was very little. Im actually feeling quite anxious writing this comment but thats ok. my parents aren’t willing to purchase a service dog for me so I plan on it in the future if able. If someone has experience or knows what exactly is required for a service animal I would love some feedback because I just can’t decide if I would be eligible

    Things i need a service dog for:

    Diagnosed Severe social anxiety/anxiety including: heavy chest and heavy breathing, shaking very badly, hand scratching or neck scratching, crying, when I see other people in the same isle i start shaking very hard and pretty much everything ive already said in the list

    Trauma: my parents and family have always yelled and physically fought, my dad is also an mentally abusive alcoholic so things like screaming children or adults and loud noises or fast movements tend to spark and anxiety attack although i have never been diagnosed with ptsd

    Diagnosed Depression: as u can assume from my household i have a good share of depression but it’s also just psychological meaning i was just born with it unfortunately I am somewhat suicidal but I have never gone through with the act but i have come close.

    Please if you have any insight on if I’d be eligible to have a service animal or if u think an emotional support animal would be my best option I welcome u to let me know ir thoughts in the replys below. Thank you!

  7. on July 6, 2022 at 4:15 am

    problem my anxiety is so severe that o cant even think about trying to get a diagnosis they didnt think about that huh

  8. ShoppingBunny on July 6, 2022 at 4:16 am

    Hello, my dog is a cavachon. And she has been fully trained as a service dog but didn’t pass the public access test. However, she is still well behaved in public and not a fake service dog. So I still take her places with me because she provides extreme comfort. It’s hard to explain to people she is a emotional support dog with service dog training and they think she’s a fake service dog and accuse me. People with fake service dogs makes it so hard. And I don’t put a vest on her I keep her in my sling next to me. The closeness keeps me calm and some places still don’t let us in even with my doctors note. And sometimes a doctors note isn’t enough and ask for additional documentation. I’m just not sure what additional documents they would need. What do I do in those circumstances? Is she a service dog or emotional support animal? She helps me with my functional anxiety, bipolar disorder and somatic symptoms.

  9. mark ostrowski on July 6, 2022 at 4:16 am

    This is hard for me to wrap my mind around. I have an anxiety diagnosis and using coping mechanisms helps me. I can’t imnagine how a dog could help me if I’m having an anxiety attack. I geuss that’s why I’m watching this

  10. Victoria on July 6, 2022 at 4:17 am

    Thanks for the video but ESAs are the only animals that need a doctor’s note or medical documentation. Unlike assistance dogs, service dogs are exempt from requiring any paperwork.

  11. wolfy paws on July 6, 2022 at 4:17 am

    I actually faint because of anxiety I also have otizom and adhd I take 5 medicines

  12. samanthabunny on July 6, 2022 at 4:19 am

    I’m just so anxious because I truly think a service dog would be the best fit for me, but they’re SO expensive and I simply don’t have the money. I’ve considered an ESA, but I get panic attacks and bad anxiety while out in public too. I just don’t really know what to do

  13. _{S h e e p}_ on July 6, 2022 at 4:19 am

    I have anxiety, I don’t have a therapist but I’m very young (not like, 7) so I’m scared to ask for one, though I am questioning if I have severe anxiety as I frequently have anxiety attacks but they look minor because I don’t really express it (my breathing gets uneven and fast, is stim alot, and I sort of go non verbal and get sort of sensory overload, but those are all unnoticeable.) I also feel I am not qualified for a service dog but I am thinking of asking for a therapist and then asking the theoretical therapist where I stand on a service dog. This information was very helpful so thank you.

  14. Stacey Parker on July 6, 2022 at 4:20 am

    I suffer from Dizzy spells and Fainting spells. So will my dog quality for a service

  15. Rawlin Jernigan on July 6, 2022 at 4:22 am

    My wife found a website that says 200.00 for a service dog

  16. S Salazar on July 6, 2022 at 4:25 am

    In my own experience with anxiety, I found having a pet stressful. This lead to feeling overwhelmed most of the day.

  17. Hang Solow on July 6, 2022 at 4:27 am

    The ADA does not say anything about a letter from your Doctor. ADA says nothing about about a public access test. Nowhere does ADA say you have to buy a professional dog.

  18. Pinkplasmagirl on July 6, 2022 at 4:30 am

    I am a kid but I constantly worry about everything and almost every night I am crying for about an hour is this normal

  19. Diana Alcantar on July 6, 2022 at 4:33 am

    Can you bring a emotional support dog or a service dog to a school

  20. Laila Dunbar on July 6, 2022 at 4:33 am

    Having a service dog can create MORE anxiety for a lot of people, all the staring and questions and accusations and insults, arguing with shop staff for your right to bring your service dog etc.

    I honestly would never recommend someone get a SD for just anxiety, it’s not a good idea.

  21. Wolvesgirl156 on July 6, 2022 at 4:34 am

    I have terrible anxiety in public and I have talked to my therapist about it and they said it is a big possibility in the future so this helps learn more about it

  22. Alexa Porisky on July 6, 2022 at 4:35 am

    I’m looking into a service dog for anxiety, but i’m not sure if i would qualify. i get really bad anxiety at school to the point i can’t go anymore. i get nervous in large crowds but that’s about it.

  23. Robin A. Disotell on July 6, 2022 at 4:35 am

    Hi! Great job explaining the differences and our requirements.

    As a SD trainer since 2004, I’d like to point out that SDs should NOT be brachi breeds (Shitzu) or anything where the face is flat. Too many limitations, due to their tongue (which is just as long from other long nose breeds) is stuffed down their throats. Because of this their heart beats twice as much for each breath as "normal" muzzle dogs. Hence most airlines won’t take them, regardless of training. Also, they are physically limited due to their breathing. Brachi breeds have difficulty with regular SD work like lots of stairs, hot weather, long term focus, etc. This is important if one goes to work for 8 hours a day. There will always be exceptions, but "generally" I would suggest a Papillion instead. Also, many Pomeranians are aloof by nature, so an aptitude test is essential BEFORE getting a pup. Actually, I’d highly suggest this Aptitude Test should be given on day 49 of life – BEFORE the pup is brought home.

  24. Ms Darby on July 6, 2022 at 4:36 am

    I suffered from severe PTSD and anxiety disorder. I am allergic to shedding dogs and I travel a lot, so I went with a toy poodle SD. He was amazing. He would indicate that I was feeling anxious and would interrupt it with deep pressure therapy. People thought it was so adorable that Archie was "hugging" me and never realized he was working.

    Because of him and with ongoing therapy I have overcome my problems and am able to function independent of Archie. He was effectively retired at the age of 12 and last year at 16 my darling Archie Boy went to the Rainbow Bridge. I owe my "normal" life to him.

  25. kaiser the shep on July 6, 2022 at 4:38 am

    I can’t thank you enough for making this video I’ve been suffering from anxiety for 3 years now and when I found this out I was so happy

  26. Holly Dudgeon on July 6, 2022 at 4:39 am

    hello! I’m struggling with my anxiety, i sometimes feel overwhelmed thinking of things, but also not in exactly severe anxiety, but a emotional support animal would be nice, but my whole household is allergic to furry, hairy of feathery animals, I find this a real problem and I have always wanted an animal, I’m not sure if I need one but is there any way I can meet an animal somewhere without it being in the house?- Holly,11 years old

  27. Ragdoll Libby on July 6, 2022 at 4:40 am

    Just a heads up: Although ESAs are protected by HUD (housing), as of December 2020, they are no longer allowed on airplanes. As you stated, the airlines state that they are regarded as pets and do not get special considerations like service animals.

  28. Jessica Abukhamsin on July 6, 2022 at 4:40 am

    I have anxiety! I don’t ever leave the house I’m always stressing.

  29. ASMR With lexi on July 6, 2022 at 4:43 am

    I have really bad social anxiety and I have bipolar and both do not go well together but I can’t find anywhere cheap but effective to help me get a service dog any advice?

  30. Layla Gomez on July 6, 2022 at 4:45 am

    ive had severe anxiety for 7-8 yrs and idk if i qualify for one, it has gotten worse and it has also effected my schooling, im supposed to be in my junior year but im still a freshman, ive recently seen a psychiatrist and he mentioned a service dog but idk who to talk to about it. there are a few things i do when i start to have an anxiety attack or just start to get anxiety:
    *shaking my leg- there are times where i have gotten in trouble for doing this bc people find it distracting and annoying but i cant help it
    *scratching my hand- i have been working on stopping this bc ive scratched so hard to the point where i start bleeding and i also got in trouble for it.
    *i start having a hard time breathing
    my body starts to shake
    and so on…
    my anxiety makes it really hard for me to order my own food, makes it hard to ask for help, it makes it hard to ask for simple things… and there were times when i would pretend to be sick so i didnt have to go to school. and there are times where i didnt eat bc i couldnt order my own food.
    anyways sorry for the long comment i just dont know what to do

  31. Ms Darby on July 6, 2022 at 4:46 am

    Where can I find a dog that has been temperament tested for service dog but can be purchased for home training?

  32. Breanna Piscitelli on July 6, 2022 at 4:48 am

    What about a dog that is 3 years old but has naturally taken on the role already. I have panic disorder and adhd and My dog is the only thing that has ever been able to stop my panic attacks. She even alerts me now before I have them now. I never trained that with her but she is incredibly loyal to me and basically been my little guardian since I brought her home when she was a baby. She even wakes me up in the morning when my baby is awake so I can wake up and take my meds. She’s not young but she’s very intelligent. She’s a black lab, and honestly the best dog I’ve ever owned.

  33. Madeline Daigle on July 6, 2022 at 4:50 am

    I know someone who has severe PTSD from surviving a brutal attempted murder. She was almost strangled and beaten to death and then kidnapped by her ex in his car and terrorized for an additional 2 hours before finally escaping and running for help. She’s suffered from debilitating PTSD ever since for over 7 years…and I think it’s probably time for her to consider a service dog. She’s been a complete shut-in and can’t even get through a short grocery run without having an anxiety attack and having to immediately leave and sit in the car. A deep pressure therapy dog would probably be a good idea. Thanks for the vid, it’s been an eye opener 🙂

  34. Kastlrock ! on July 6, 2022 at 4:51 am

    From my research, and owning multiple breeds, the one that does it for me and many many people I know….English cream golden retriever! Not just a golden retriever, but a English cream! Now I know all dogs will have there own personalities, but English cream’s are respected for their calmer nature! It’s a documented fact, or majority opinion that I find to be very true!
    It’s just what I have researched and found to be true with the dogs I have had. I don’t wanna be attacked, I’m just giving my humble opinion that’s worked for me and many others! I love and respect any dog that fulfills you! A persons best friend they are.

  35. Andrew Schroeder on July 6, 2022 at 4:54 am

    I can’t find anything anywhere where it says the service dog is required to test the public access test. Do you have a link to that information?

  36. robin on July 6, 2022 at 4:55 am

    super late to the party but i have severe anxiety and depression, tics (though they may be undiagnosed tourettes being ive had them for 10 years now and have multiple tics), i disassociate and experience derealization daily and also have BPD and ADHD. its really hard for me to function in public spaces due to my anxiety and claustrophobia and even harder at home because of my depression. and now at the age of 20 ive only gotten worse and it feels like it only will continue to do so. ive tried the cardboard cutout breathing, and grounding methods, tried more medications than i can count, have seen multiple therapists (still am) and have never felt like i was able to see/feel proper improvements. because of all of this i am beginning to consider a service animal, but its still a very hard decision and intimidating due to the money. and it really stinks because i tend to doubt myself continuously about my anxiety and needs for help until its too late, and even if i was properly approved i still probably wouldn’t be able to get a service animal until i at least move out and get stable income (which is 2 yrs minimum) because my aunts dog is not very “other dog” friendly. sorry for the long msg i just want some clarity because im really overwhelmed about this and running out of options

    TLDR: very bad mental health, very little options left, and considering service dog but self doubting.

  37. SlupitaB on July 6, 2022 at 4:56 am

    I don’t want a service dog I want my dog to be registered as a emotional support

  38. AngeLofLourdes on July 6, 2022 at 4:57 am

    Very informative

  39. Chris on July 6, 2022 at 4:57 am

    Would a learning disability qualify as a disability? I do follow under the ADA

  40. FunStuff1212 on July 6, 2022 at 4:59 am

    For the public access test how does one go along with doing that? I’m having problems finding that information if you have the answer and can answer I would appreciate that thanks!

  41. novemberain on July 6, 2022 at 5:02 am

    Animals only increase my anxiety. They are nothing but a pain in the wallet and ass.

  42. Arthur S on July 6, 2022 at 5:03 am

    Can you explain what particular depressions and anxiety qualify someone for an ESA? Because most people I see with an ESA are younger, healthier and sometimes wealthier people such as a good looking guy at the gym with a beautiful girlfriend and his dog? Or some cute 22 yr old girl driving a BMW shopping with her chihuahua. What are they more depressed about compared to other people who have less?

  43. Dezza Star on July 6, 2022 at 5:04 am

    I’d love to have an anxiety/PTSD service dog to be with me whilst I’m at work to help calm me down.

    I also need a dog that reminds me to take my meds, and helps me with things like getting out of bed in the mornings because of my anxiety and depression.

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