Give Emotional Support Animals Training

Target: Jeff Sessions, Attorney General

Goal: Create service animal training for emotional support animals.

Service animals are generally described as dogs that have been trained to perform specific tasks for their handlers. The term service animal doesn’t cover emotional support animals nor therapy animals, often leaving disabled individuals unable to bring their service animal into public places. Emotional support animals should be given the same status as a service animal. In order to avoid potential conflicts, emotional support dogs would be given the same training that service dogs receive.

One reason many public places won’t allow emotional support animals is a poorly trained animal. Most service dogs go through fairly rigorous training in order to become qualified as service dogs. Emotional support dogs should be given the same training for behaving in public. Service dogs are trained for specific tasks, which emotional support animals aren’t, but should be. For people living with anxiety or other mental disorders, an emotional support animal is the only way they can go outside of their home.

By giving emotional support animals a rigorous training, they would be prepared to go into most situations. Their handlers would be able to take them into stores, onto planes, and into restaurants. People suffering from panic attacks could go to the grocery store with their dog that was trained to sense an oncoming attack. Anywhere a service dog was allowed would be open to emotional support animals.

Emotional support animals are often seen as pets that people just want to take with them. These dogs, however, are vital to a person’s everyday tasks. Some people can’t leave their house without their support animal, and just because they haven’t been given the same training doesn’t mean they shouldn’t be held up to a standard like service dogs. Creating a training program for emotional support animals would qualify them as service animals. For thousands of individuals, that qualification can mean the world. Please sign this petition to push for the creation of a service animal training program that incorporates emotional support animals.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mr. Sessions,

Service animals are hardworking dogs that have been trained to perform specific tasks. Service dogs cannot be denied entrance into any public space since that would be discriminating against a disabled individual. Emotional support animals, however, aren’t given that luxury. This means that there are hundreds of disabled people being denied their vital support animal.

Emotional support animals are not given the opportunity to receive service animal training, therefore not qualifying them as actual service animals. This means that public places only allowing service animals can deny people with support animals. For those individuals that get their support animals registered, they can still be discriminated against.

Creating a service animal training program that incorporated emotional support animal training would allow individuals with mental disorders to feel that they had the support to be a part of society. Providing service training to support animals would give them the qualifications of a service animal, and that would help hundreds of people.

I urge you to create a training program that would allow support animals to receive the same training as service animals.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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One Comment

  1. Gen Lovyet Agustsson says:

    this isnt fair!

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