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Nov 21, 2022
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Once you get your ESA and bring them to your residential area, there are a few important things that you need to do as the owner of an Emotional Support Dog. There are certain things which are compulsory.



  1. Certification



For getting an ESA legally, you must have an esa letter for dog provided by your mental health specialist and approved by the authorities. 



To get an legitimate esa letter you simply need to ask your health specialist and if you actually are in need of such an animal, then your doctor will write an authentic ESA letter for you which will get approved shortly. 



Being an owner, you must follow all local or hometown laws and regulations regarding your esa.



  1. Notification



Once you have completed all the formalities required for getting an esa, it's time to notify your residential authorities about it. 



You must know how to get an esa letter to keep your emotional support pet at your residence.   It’s your responsibility to inform the authorities, who will further notify those individuals who may be impacted. 



Being a part of a community, doing is important. There might be some people who have issues or discomfort with the type of animal you bring in.



Such information will be limited and will not include specific disability-related information. 

  1. Current vaccination records: 



Any animal you bring in as an esa at your residence must be in good health. If it is applicable, depending on the type of animal, a veterinarian must inspect the animal before it is moved in.

If your pet is already vaccinated, there must be a record of this information.



Moreover, this information must be updated annually. Keep in mind that you will need to provide this information before bringing your esa at your place of residence. 

  1. Control and Clean up Requirements



Being an owner you are liable for all actions of your animal and should be in total control and restraint of the animal at all times. This includes having the animal restrained when necessary. 

It is the owner’s responsibility to immediately clean up any mess that the animal leaves in public places. Waste should be disposed of by securing it in a plastic bag and disposing of it in an outside trash receptacle.



It is also the owner’s responsibility to remove a cat or other small animal litter to the dumpster outside the residence hall.

  1. Grooming Requirements



The purpose of an ESA is to provide you emotional support and wipe away your negative thoughts. For this purpose, an esa animal, no matter if it is a dog, cat, or any other animal, it must be well-groomed. 




Some grooming basics include:

  1. Brushing the teeth, if you have a canine

  2. Trim nails to prevent walking problems and scratching

  3. Bathe your animal to prevent bad odors and reduce itching

  4. Brushing the hair to prevent matting and stop hair loss

  1. Liability



All liability for the actions of the animal is the responsibility of the Owner. It is usually recommended that the owner has appropriate liability insurance in the event of an animal bite, scratch, etc. 




The best way to avoid any such situation is to train your pet esa well and make sure that it is under your control and listens to your commands.

  1. Provide positive reinforcement to your pet



Whenever your dog behaves badly or defecates in the wrong area, you should treat it nicely instead of yelling at it and punishing it. 


On the other hand, you should give your dog a treat and praise whenever it behaves well to encourage the same behavior. Positive reinforcement is the quickest way to teach your dog the right behavior and encourage it to behave well in the future.


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