Emotional Support Dogs

Quick Info

What is an emotional support dog? An emotional support dog is a dog that provides comfort, support, or therapeutic relief to an individual with a mental or emotional disability.

Federal laws that protect emotional support dogs and their handlers: Air Carrier Access Act (ACAA), Fair Housing Act (FHA)

Protection provided by ACAA: emotional support dogs may accompany their handlers in the cabin of an airplane during a domestic flight.

Protection provided by the FHA: emotional support dogs may live with their handlers in most housing situations that have "no-pet" policies.

Examples of qualifying disabilities: anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, personality disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The disabilities that would qualify an individual for having an emotional support dog are not limited by the examples listed.

Acceptable dog breeds/sizes: No restrictions (any breed or size is acceptable)*

*Please note: dogs that are too large to accompany their handlers in the cabin of an airplane may need to be moved to the cargo section of the airplane

Basic Requirements

  • You must have a medically-recognized condition that is mental, emotional, or psychological in nature
  • You must have a current (within the past year) letter from a doctor or mental health professional stating that you have a condition, that you are under his or her care, and that he or she recommends that you have an emotional support dog to assist you with your condition
  • Your dog must be housebroken
  • Your dog must be trained to behave in an appropriate manner, obey your commands, and not behave aggressively toward other dogs or people

Frequently Asked Questions

What kind of training does my dog need to become an emotional support dog?

Your dog does not need any special kind of training to be your emotional support dog; your dog typically needs general obedience training (listens to your commands), is housebroken (does not relieve itself where it should not be), and does not misbehave.

What do I need to do if I want to fly with my emotional support dog?

Contact your airline as soon as possible and let them know that you will be flying with your emotional support dog. The airline will advise you on their rules and guidelines, letting you know if you need to bring your doctor's letter or any other items.

Do I need to provide you with my doctor's letter?

No, for privacy reasons, we do not ask for the letter from your doctor.