Getting an emotional support dog is one of the most life-enhancing things you can do. An ESA dog will bring huge amounts of affection, adventure, and love to your life. It will immediately become a best friend and loving family member all rolled into one. You’ll soon be wondering, “How did I ever survive without my ESA best friend?!”
People with a wide variety of mental health conditions, including anxiety, depression, PTSD, insomnia, and various phobias, use ESA treatment to alleviate their symptoms. Several species of animal make great emotional support pets. Some popular ESAs include cats, potbellied pigs, miniature horses, and even domesticated rats – but the most popular ESA of them all is definitely the dog. Dogs make such excellent ESAs because they are intelligent, social, loyal, and loving.
Dogs have always been much-loved pets and companions. But in 2021, with the COVID pandemic ongoing and pandemic-induced loneliness making life difficult for millions of Americans, dogs are more popular than ever before.
Make Your Home An ESA-Friendly Environment
If you decide to get an emotional support dog, you are taking on a big responsibility. Your new ESA will be dependent on you for its health, happiness, and quality of life. It is essential that you put in the effort to provide your emotional support dog with a great life.
A pet-friendly environment is essential to your ESA dog’s wellbeing. Before your ESA arrives, you must get your home ready. This may mean making some modifications to make it as dog-friendly as possible.
What Does A Pet-Friendly Home Mean?
It is very important that you turn your house into a pet-friendly home that your ESA will be happy in. A pet-friendly home is a house or apartment that accommodates a pet safely and comfortably. It is also a home that is relatively easy to clean and not full of breakable items.
How Can I Make My House Safe For Dogs?
Here are some tips for making your house safe for dogs:
- Keep medications, lotions, cosmetics, chemicals, and all poisonous substances out of reach
- Keep trash secure and out of reach
- Hide wires and electrical cables
- Keep sharp objects out of reach
- Make sure small objects that your dog could choke on, such as buttons, are out of reach
What Is The Best Living Room Furniture For Dogs?
The best living room furniture for dogs is made of durable, easy to care for, and easy to clean fabrics. Good options are:
- Woven fabrics such as chenille and herringbone
- Low-pile fabrics such as microfiber or synthetic velvet
Should My Emotional Support Dog Sleep In My Bed?
Whether or not your ESA dog should sleep in your bed is up to you. There are pros and cons. Most emotional support dogs will be delighted to sleep in bed with you. However, if your dog is small, there is a chance you could roll over and injure it. Also, once your dog has slept in your bed once, it may make a big fuss any time you try to get it to sleep anywhere else.
How Can I Make My House Dog-Friendly?
Here are seven house modifications that will make your home emotional support dog-friendly.
1. Designate A Storage Cabinet For Doggie Treats
Bribery is a crucial tool that you will need to utilize when training your puppy! Having a designated cabinet for doggie treats will not only help keep your home tidy, but it will also mean that your dog will come to know what the cabinet means. This will allow you to get your dog’s attention and cooperation by simply putting your hand on the cabinet knob!
2. Set Up A Lead, Poop Bags, And Treat Supply Station By Your Front Door
If you are taking your dog out to go to the toilet during the night, you will want to have a handy place near the door where you store the necessary equipment. A permanent supply station with leads, poop bags, and treats near the front door will make your late-night trips outside as pain-free as possible.
3. Have Enough Surfaces That Are Out Of Your Puppy’s Reach
Puppies love to explore – and their main tools for exploring are their nose and mouth. A puppy will try to chew almost anything, so before yours arrives, make sure your home has plenty of surfaces and storage areas that are out of reach of your ESA dog.
4. Build A Dog House
Whether your dog lives indoors or outdoors, it will need its own personal space. It is important that you supply a well-built, comfortable, and safe house for your ESA dog to call its own, either indoors or outdoors.
5. Get Foldable Fencing
Foldable fencing will come in very handy when you have an ESA dog, especially when it is an intrepid puppy. Foldable fencing can be moved around and used to block off specific areas of your home at specific times.
6. Hide Electrical Wires
Dogs love to chew wires and cables. Needless to say, this can be very dangerous. Make sure all of the electrical wires in your house are safely hidden – for example, behind sofas and cabinets, or fastened to walls – before your ESA dog arrives.
7. Securely Fence Your Yard
If you have a backyard, your dog will surely enjoy playing in it. Dogs can be very adventurous, so if your fencing is not secure, your ESA is likely to find its way out. Make sure your ESA dog is safe in your yard by securely fencing the perimeter.
How Can I Get An Emotional Support Animal Letter?
You can get an ESA letter by arranging an online consultation through the Moosh online clinic. Once the examining mental health professional verifies your suitability for ESA treatment, you will be immediately emailed a certified ESA letter. It is a quick and easy process.