Recent times have been challenging for many people. COVID lockdowns have been life-changing in numerous ways. Many of us have experienced loneliness, anxiety, and depression, and have seen our priorities change in big ways.
During these difficult times, a lot of people have benefited enormously from the company of a puppy. Puppies are wonderfully loving creatures, and they give their owners something important to care for and be responsible for. Nobody can resist the big eyes, cheerful energy, and positive nature of a cute puppy. Caring for a puppy may be hard work at times, but it will also bring endless joy to a person’s life.
An emotional support puppy sounds like a great idea. Puppies are incredibly loyal and loving and make excellent companions, and owning a dog from puppyhood results in a super-tight, lifelong bond between animal and owner. But is getting an ESA puppy possible? Does age matter when choosing an ESA dog? How old does a puppy have to be to be an emotional support animal? And is emotional support puppy training difficult?
Below, we will answer all of these crucial ESA puppy questions.
What Should Be Taken Into Consideration When Choosing An ESA Dog?
Getting an emotional support dog can be one of the best life decisions a person ever makes. But it is important to take some things into consideration when choosing an emotional support dog.
ESA dogs need a lot of care and attention. Some need a lot of exercise and some only need a small amount. Some are well suited to urban living, while others need a lot of outdoor space and therefore may not be suited to living in smaller homes.
When choosing an ESA dog, ask yourself the following questions:
- What type of dog will be well suited to my home?
- How much time can I spend exercising my ESA dog?
- Do I have enough energy and fitness to provide this dog with the exercise it needs?
- What type of temperament do I want my ESA dog to have?
Can A Puppy Be Certified As An ESA?
Yes, a puppy can be certified as an emotional support pet. All you need to do is have a consultation with a qualified mental health professional in order to get an official ESA letter. Once you have your ESA letter, your designated emotional support pet can be a puppy.
How Old Does A Puppy Have To Be To Be An Emotional Support Animal?
A puppy can be an official emotional support animal at any age. However, most experts agree that a puppy should stay with its mom at least until it’s eight months old, and perhaps preferably until it’s 12 months old.
Does Age Matter When Choosing An ESA Dog?
Age does not matter when choosing an ESA dog. A dog of any age can become an official emotional support dog. However, it is wise to take into consideration whether you are a good candidate to look after an ESA dog of a given age.
For example, if you are very elderly, it may not be a good idea to get an ESA puppy that will need a lot of exercise and training. Also, if you want to get an ESA that will be with you for many years, it may not be a good idea to adopt a dog who is over the age of ten.
What Conditions Can Be Helped By ESA Puppy Ownership?
Emotional support puppies are very popular. This is because they can provide excellent treatment for many mental health conditions, including:
What Should You Consider Before Getting An ESA Puppy?
Before deciding to get an emotional support puppy, consider these relevant points:
- ESA puppies will usually require more training than an older dog.
- There is considerable time and effort involved in getting a puppy.
- ESA puppies are often more expensive than other ESAs, including older dogs.
- ESA puppies require a lot of exercise and attention.
- ESA puppies will often wake you up several times a night for at least the first few months.
The Benefits Of Emotional Support Puppies
It is crucial that you understand how big a commitment you are taking on when you decide to get an emotional support puppy. But the benefits of ESA puppy ownership are massive, and for many people, hugely outweigh the costs.
Here are some of the benefits of ESA puppy ownership:
- They are fiercely loyal and loving.
- They are great fun, positive, and cheerful.
- They provide you with purpose and responsibility, since they depend on you for their wellbeing.
- They make it necessary for you to go outdoors into the fresh air and sunlight.
- They make it necessary for you to exercise daily.
- They usually love to cuddle.
- They are generally relatively intelligent and easy to train.
Emotional Support Puppy Training Tips
Here are some ESA puppy training tips:
- Give your ESA puppy a strong, punchy name that it can recognize easily.
- Discourage biting and nipping by pretending to be in a lot of pain when it bites.
- Reward good behavior with healthy edible treats.
- Discourage jumping.
- Do not reward begging for food.
- Give your ESA its own special sleeping place.
How Do I Get An Emotional Support Puppy?
The best way to get an ESA puppy is to have a video consultation with a state-licensed mental health practitioner on the Moosh online clinic. Once the practitioner has verified your suitability for ESA treatment, they will immediately send you an official ESA letter. It is a quick and easy process!