How To Train A Dog For Emotional Support

How To Train A Dog For Emotional Support


Dogs have been in our lives for over 30,000 years, and we’ve come to regard them as our closest companions. Dogs provide us with emotional support, and it’s been proven that they can improve our physical health by lowering blood pressure and improving stress hormones. However, not every dog is cut out to be an Emotional Support Animal (ESA), despite the fact that there are now many services available for certifying dogs as ESAs who meet certain requirements. You need to make sure your furry friend is suited for the rigorous training involved in becoming an ESA. Below are some tips on how you can train your dog to become a certified ESA:

Your vet is a good place to start

Your vet is a good place to start. They can advise you on how to get started, and they also may know of a trainer in your area who can help you out. Additionally, they may be able to point you in the direction of a support group for people who have dogs that provide emotional support.

Socialize your dog early and often

  • Socialize your dog early and often.
  • Socialization is the process of exposing your dog to new situations and people. It helps your dog learn how to interact with people and other animals, as well as understand what is normal behavior in certain situations. Socialization also helps build confidence in your dog, which can be important for emotional support dogs who will spend time around strangers or unfamiliar settings (e.g., hospitals).

Make sure your dog is comfortable with people handling him

Once your dog is comfortable with you handling him, it’s time to introduce him to other people.

  • Make sure he’s comfortable with strangers touching him.
  • Have someone else hold his paws while you pet him, or have someone playfully grab his ear. If he starts trying to move away or bite, try again when he has calmed down a bit. The more positive experiences he has being touched by others in a controlled situation, the less likely he will be startled when it happens during an emotional support call-out in public.

Keep your dog from being overwhelmed by large groups of people

When your dog is with you, keep him on a leash to keep him from getting overwhelmed by large groups of people. If there are other dogs around, it’s best to avoid them altogether if possible. Your dog shouldn’t bark or jump up on people or get too close to them; it’s also important not to let him become too excited in public places where there are lots of people around.

Your dog needs to be well-trained to be an ES dog.

The first step to training a dog for emotional support is to make sure the dog is well-trained. This means that your pet should be able to:

  • Sit, lie down and walk calmly on a loose leash.
  • Come when called and wait at doorways until given permission to enter or leave rooms.
  • Remain calm in stressful situations like being approached by other dogs or people wearing hats.

If you want your pup’s training to go smoothly, it’s best not to start too late in life (around the age of six months). However, if you’re interested in adopting an older shelter dog with no prior training experience, don’t worry! You can still train them using positive reinforcement techniques like treats and praise—just be aware that it will take longer than usual due to their lack of knowledge about obedience commands such as “sit” and “stay.”

Consider getting your dog certified as an ESA.

ESA certification is a good idea to consider. It’s important to know what ESA certification is and how to get it, especially if you want your dog to be certified as an emotional support animal.

Certifying your dog as an emotional support dog can be helpful in many ways, such as allowing him into places where pets aren’t normally allowed (like restaurants or airplanes), giving him access to public transportation like buses or trains, and making sure that you have the documentation needed for landlords when trying to find housing.

It’s possible to train a dog for emotional support, but it’s important to make sure you’re prepared for the challenges that come along with it.

Before you decide to train your dog for emotional support, it’s important to make sure that you are prepared for the challenges that come along with it.

  • Your dog will get a lot of attention from strangers. If your dog is not used to being around other people and has problems socializing, this can be extremely stressful for him or her. You may need to work on basic obedience training before trying anything else with them.
  • You’ll have to take care of your dog’s needs in addition to yours. Since emotional support dogs aren’t trained in tasks like guiding blind people or helping autistic children, they won’t be able to do most things that regular service animals do—but they still require proper food, water and medical care just like any other animal does. This means that anyone who wants one should consider getting a second job if necessary so they can afford all their expenses while also taking care of themselves!
  • Your health could suffer as well if something happens while walking through public places such as shopping malls where there are lots of people who might try touching or petting without asking first whether there may be allergies involved (elevators don’t count). It’s best not worry about these things because they’re minor compared with what someone suffering from depression might experience after being unable


Overall, training a dog for emotional support can be a rewarding experience. Your pet can give you all kinds of joy and help you feel better mentally, physically and emotionally. And when done right, your ESA will have a happy home filled with love and affection!

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