This is the second top question we get at Dog Works Training Co. Let’s start by making sure we understand what an ESA dog is and what they’re allowed to do.
ESA stands for an emotional support animal. This means any animal that provides emotional support, although the dog is the most recognized as providing support. The Equal and Fair Housing Act recognized that ESAs provide individuals with anxiety and depression with enough support that they should be allowed to live with their animals in any dwelling with a written note from a mental health care provider.
It should be noted, however, that ESAs are not the same or equal to service dogs. They no longer are allowed to fly per the Department of Transportation’s reclassification of what animals are able to fly in 2021.
ESAs should not be taken into businesses or restaurants. Unless those businesses allow any pet dog to visit.