10 Best Emotional Support Dog Breeds for Kids with Autism

According to the CDC’s latest data, 1 in 54 children are diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Of these children, boys are four times more likely to be autistic than girls. Autistic children may experience other conditions related to autism. For instance, 28% of 8-year-olds with autism show self-injurious behaviors. Additionally, about 30–60% of autistic [...]

By |2021-03-31T23:45:52+00:00March 31st, 2021|Emotional Support Animals|0 Comments

How to Make Your ESA Into a Psychiatric Service Dog

In the world of assistance animals, emotional support animals (ESA) are frequently mixed up with psychiatric service dogs (PSD). Both ESAs and PSDs are used by their owners to help with similar types of mental and emotional illnesses and learning disabilities. However, that’s generally where the similarities end. There are key differences between them, including [...]

By |2021-03-22T21:24:41+00:00March 22nd, 2021|Service Dogs|9 Comments

Which ESA Speaks My Love Language

Whether or not you realize it, you have your own way of showing and feeling love. There are a total of five "love languages" that most people are grouped into, with each category housing a different style preference for expressing and understanding love and affection. For example, you might feel most loved when someone spends [...]

By |2021-03-13T20:37:19+00:00March 13th, 2021|Emotional Support Animals|0 Comments

How To Get a Psychiatric Service Dog Letter

A PSD letter is a signed letter from a licensed healthcare professional that helps someone establish whether they have a qualifying disability for purposes of owning a psychiatric service dog. Owners of psychiatric service dogs have special legal rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Fair Housing Act (FHA), and Air Carrier Access Act [...]

By |2021-03-10T19:58:36+00:00March 5th, 2021|Uncategorized|13 Comments

Best Birds as Emotional Support Animals

Forget the term "bird-brained," birds are anything but. Birds are intelligent creatures and make great companions. They can be trained to do tricks, respond to their name, and bond with their owners. Besides, birds are the only animals that can reproduce human speech and mimic other sounds. Although they may not be the first animal [...]

By |2021-02-10T15:36:27+00:00February 4th, 2021|Emotional Support Animals|1 Comment

Which Airlines Are Still Allowing Emotional Support Animals?

The year 2021 started with major news for ESA owners: as of January 11th, 2021, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) no longer requires airlines to accommodate emotional support animals. In the years prior to this rule change, all airlines were required by law to accommodate owners of ESAs with proper documentation from a licensed mental health professional.  [...]

By |2021-03-29T14:46:09+00:00January 8th, 2021|Airlines|95 Comments

How Dogs Can Help People with Autism

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), about 1 in 54 children in America are diagnosed with autism. Most children are diagnosed with autism around four, though some are diagnosed as early as age 2. As these children grow up, transitioning from a school environment into adulthood can be challenging, as services for adults [...]

By |2021-01-06T06:41:18+00:00December 30th, 2020|Mental Health|0 Comments