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With training as an emotional support animal, you will be able to bring your pet with you on airlines, to pet restricted housing, and to other public places, but be sure your pet is properly trained! Untrained ESA’s can be asked to leave, or worse—be euthanized if they become frightened and bite someone.

ESA or PSD Training: $3,499

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What is an Emotional Support Animal?

An Emotional Support Animal is a companion animal that a medical professional has determined benefits an individual with a physical or psychiatric disability.
You can have your treating physician write a letter or obtain a letter online, and with an official ESA designation, you may qualify for a waiver of a no pets’ policy on airlines and housing. Proper documentation allows ESA’s to sit in a passenger seat on a commercial airline at no charge, not in a carrier under your seat or in cargo.

Can MY dog be my ESA?

Yes, any dog can qualify to be an emotional support animal as long as it does not cause a disturbance or undue hardship to others.

Why should I bother training my dog for this?

Taking an untrained dog into a public place is NOT a victimless crime.

The irreparable damage that an untrained dog can do to the reputation of service dogs and well trained ESA’s. An incident like this could cause people with disabilities to lose their rights and privileges. By taking an untrained dog into a public place, you also endanger the dog. A dog that has not been properly trained may be frightened, which could cause it to bite someone. The unhappy result of that could be the dog being euthanized.
Taking an untrained dog into a public place can also cause damage to a business. No one wants to shop at a place where dogs are sniffing people and food, barking or eliminating on the floor. ESAs who behave inappropriately by disrupting business, behaving aggressively, and interfering with other patrons can still be excluded from airlines, housing and public places.

What training should an ESA dog have?

An ESA dog must be unflappable AND have impeccable manners. Your dog must be socialized in a huge variety of situations so that he/she has enough experience to adapt or “bounce back” from new things that might trigger a fearful or aggressive response. Remember, dogs are animals, and they cannot vent their feelings the way people can. They don’t get to hire attorneys when they feel wronged or write letters to the editor. They simply react.
Your dog must be trained not to come into other people’s space, sniff them, lick, mouth or jump on them. They must not eliminate, jump on furniture or take food until invited. They must not get up on tables, counters, knock things over, bolt through doors or drag you on a leash. Your dog must learn to stay with you calmly and quietly.

Will this make my dog a service dog?

No. An ESA’s sole function is to provide emotional support, comfort, therapy, companionship and to promote wellbeing for their owners. They are NOT service dogs.
Service dogs are specifically trained to DO something specific for the person with a disability. The training of service dogs requires many years of training and costs about $15,000.

Will this make my dog a therapy dog?

No. A therapy dog provides comfort to people other than you. The first step to is to get your dog properly socialized and trained. Then you must obtain your Canine Good Citizenship title. PlayStayTion Pet Resort & Training can help you achieve these three steps. Afterwards, you select a therapy organization and you and your dog can go through their program to become a certified therapy dog.

How to Qualify for an Emotional Support Animal:

You must get a letter stating that you are certified as emotionally disabled by a duly licensed mental health professional. Sometimes other types of doctors can also prescribe an ESA for you. There are also online services that will do this for a fee. One such company is

Some of the disorders that qualify are:

  • Learning disorders
  • Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)
  • Sexual disorder
  • Mental retardation
  • Tic disorders
  • Motor skill disorders
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Gender identity
  • Substance related disorder
  • Cognitive disorder

An Emotional Support Animal letter states:

  • That you are a current patient
  • Under treatment for a disability, and
  • That you are being prescribed an ESA for the treatment of that condition.
  • The letter must be written on a health care professional’s letterhead, and include his or her license number and the state he or she was licensed in. The letter must be dated when it was written, and it must be signed and dated.

How to identify your dog as an ESA:

You may choose to purchase an Identification Card for yourself and a vest for your dog from one of several online companies, however, this is not required. If you do, it is easier for people around you to understand that your dog is providing a service. You can also proudly post the Canine Good Citizen Title patch that you earned from PlayStayTion Pet Resort & Training on your dog’s vest.

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Proof of current vaccinations is required for Board & Train as well as Board & Socialize programs and classes.
Vaccinations required: Dogs are required to be healthy and have proof of Rabies, Canine Distemper, Adenovirus Type 2, Parainfluenza, Canine Parvovirus within the last 12 months and Bordetella within the last 6 months.
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Dogs get pretty messy at camp and dog grooming fee is not included. Consider
booking a dog grooming for your dog’s last day of stay to take home a clean pet.