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Emotional Support Animal Training Tips
Without any doubt, animals do provide happiness and joy in our lives. We can now see that many people with mental health issues rely on animals to bring peace in their minds and lives as a whole.
An emotional support animal is an animal that provides companionship and animals who provide emotional support to their owners. In recent years these groups of animals are getting popular among people with anxiety and depression issues.
These animals provide companionship, affection, love, and support to help people get rid of anxiety, despair, depression, and loneliness. Generally speaking, any animal can be your emotional support but cats and dogs are tend to be the most common to serve the purpose.
To get an emotional support animal, a letter is required by the mental health professional stating the need for getting an emotional support animal for the patient. This letter is given after the analysis of your mental health.
There is a criterion that evaluates whether you are eligible for getting an ESA or not. If you qualify you can legally have an ESA. You can get an ESA letter online to get an idea of what criteria is, and whether you qualify to have one or not.
Yes, it is all good to have an ESA for yourself but this comes with a price. There are certain responsibilities on the owner of an ESA. The responsibility includes training your ESA. This training is general unlike the training of the service dogs which requires training them to assist their owners.
Even the law asks an ESA owner to train them for certain things like not whining and barking in public. The law even wants an ESA to be well behaved. Manners are taught to the ESAs by their owners.
It is never too early or late to train your ESA. Here are some tips for your ESA training:
1. The most important thing to train about your animal is potty. You can potty train your ESA by limiting the access of these animals to the other parts of the house and by rewarding them with treats.
What you can do is make it a routine to feed your ESA at the same time every day and offer them potty breaks. When you will do this your ESA will know to go to a certain place at that time of the day. Reward your ESA when he gets on the right spot.
2. A tip to teach a good recall to your ESA is to make them believe that you have something really interesting to offer them. It can be a treat, or a call to play, or maybe just cuddles.
3. Teaching your Esa dog a “stay” command is important. This command is built on three D’s (distance, duration, distraction). You can teach this command by making your pet sit in a position near you. Give the command to “stay” a single time and reward after a while. Repeatedly do this until your ESA understands.
The other commands like “leave” it, sit down, and settle can be taught similarly. Training your ESA by punishing is unethical and rude. Try to teach them things by making them believe that they will be rewarded afterward. Afterall, ESA needs your love and support just like you do.