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"Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole."                                                               - Roger Caras

Q: What is the difference between a therapy dog and an Emotional Support Animal (ESA)?

A:  A therapy dog has one handler and is trained to provide comfort to many, both psychologically and physiologically, to all types of individuals, not just one person.  An ESA provides emotional support and comfort to its owner.  They do not require special training but do require a letter of certification.

Q:  What are the best kinds of animals to be Emotional Support Animals?

A:  Emotional Support Animals come in all shapes and sizes. The best ESAs are the ones that have a connection to their owner. Dogs, cats, rabbits, and even snakes can make amazing Emotional Support Animals. 

Q: What are the best breeds of dogs to be ESAs?

A: All dogs are individuals. Purebreds, mixed breeds, or rescue dogs all have the capacity to be loving, affectionate, intuitive, emotional support dogs. When a dog's strong connection is to its human along with basic manner training, the emotional support component can come easily.

Q: Can I have an ESA in my apartment if my landlord has a "no pets allowed policy"?

A: According to the Federal Housing Administration (FHA), landlords must make “reasonable accommodations” for tenants with disabilities. Certification of an animal, as an Emotional Support Animal, falls in the category of being considered necessary for the well-being and mental health of a tenant.  

Q: Can I bring my ESA to my dorm room in college?

A: Most colleges will make exceptions for ESAs. Some require extra information about the size and location of the animal during class. All this should be discussed with the school before the ESA arrives at the school.

Q: Do I need to do special training for my ESA?

A: An ESA does not need special training but we recommend basic manners training.

Q: My roommate is allergic to dogs.  Is a hypoallergenic dog safe to be around her?

A: The fact that a dog is hypoallergenic doesn't mean it is completely allergen-free. 

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