Any animal can, in theory, become a registered ESA, but the most popular emotional support animal by far is a dog. It makes sense if you think about it; dogs are very loyal to their owners, make great companions, and would probably be the number one choice as a regular pet. If you suffer from an emotional or psychological condition, a dog can be a great support and comfort to you, easing you through life a little. Emotional support dogs are particularly helpful in supporting you if you suffer from depression, anxiety, or a fear of social situations, or if you are living with autism. It’s important to take the time to look into which breed of dog would be right for you, though. You should consider things like your living situation; how often you could walk the dog; whether they’re a good family dog, and/or the type of dog that can be left on their own for long periods if necessary; whether you can take them to work, on public transport, or on an airplane; and so on. The answers to all your questions will hopefully narrow down your choice of dog. Right now, we’re going to look in detail at the question “Is a setter a good ESA dog?” and, if it’s the right dog for you, answer an even more important question: “How can I get my ESA setter letter?”.
As already noted, dogs in general make excellent ESAs. They are loyal and friendly, and will love their owner unconditionally. The fact that they are dependent on you for food and survival can give you a much-needed sense of purpose. You have the responsibility of looking after this adorable pet. They are a reason to get out of bed in the morning and quite often a reason to get out of the house. An ESA dog can give a much-needed boost to sensitive people with low esteem or those suffering from depression. A setter ESA is a particularly good choice!
There are three types of setter: English, Irish, and Gordon. They differ slightly in their personalities, but are generally very similar. All three setters are big, friendly, gentle dogs. They are naturally affectionate creatures, and good fun to boot. They like giving and receiving attention! They make excellent family dogs, but it’s worth noting that due to their size they might be a bit too much for very young children to deal with, as they can be very playful and energetic. A setter ESA would obviously need a lot of exercise, due to their size and the fact that they are hunters by nature. This makes for a good ESA dog, though, because it means that you will have to take it out for walks. While the thought of this might make you nervous at first, the fact that you have your loyal, supportive setter at your side will help to calm you and enable you to deal with the situation. The more you do it, the more at ease you will feel. Taking your emotional support dog for a walk can also bring you into contact with other dog walkers or dog admirers, allowing you to have brief but non-confrontational interactions with other people. This will help your self-confidence and maybe lift your spirits a little.
Looking further at what makes a setter a good ESA: setters tend to have quite good and long memories. This means you can teach them certain things that they’ll remember, which is handy for people who like a bit of reliability and consistency in their life. For example, you could teach your ESA setter to sit by your side when you command it to, so that he or she is there when you most need some support. Young setters do tend to be a bit boisterous for the first year or two, so be prepared to put in some training and make sure they have sufficient exercise, in order to realize a calmer and more dignified adult dog!
If you’re not sure which of the setter breeds to choose, English setters tend to be the gentlest of the three. They are particularly alert and can be very protective of family members and their surroundings, but they are also obedient, so will learn to do as they’re told. This makes them excellent dogs for children with autism. All setters (Irish in particular) like companionship and therefore don’t cope with long periods of being on their own. They will become distressed if left alone too long and turn to barking and/or chewing whatever they can lay their mouths on. This is important to remember when considering “Is a setter a good ESA dog for me?”.
You may now be wondering, “How can I get an emotional support setter?” Or perhaps you already own a setter as a regular pet, and you just need a setter ESA letter to qualify them fully. Either way, the best way to do this is online with us. If you don’t already own a setter, you simply need to acquire one and then apply for registration. You must have the dog before applying, as its details will be included on the setter ESA letter. One of our licensed mental health experts will conduct a simple assessment with you. We have professionals in every state and we are fully HIPPA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) compliant, so you don’t have to worry about privacy. Once approved, your legitimate setter ESA letter will be sent to you by post and you can start enjoying the benefits of owning a registered emotional support animal!