National Service Animal Registry


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Service Dog and Emotional Support Animal Blog

A Service Dog and Emotional Support Animal Blog

All You Need to Know about Service Dogs and Taxes

If you have a physical or mental impairment or disability that requires the assistance of a service dog, any expenses associated with your dog's care may be deductible on your tax return. Just like a wheelchair or any other medical device, service dogs are viewed as a necessary medical aid for those with disabilities. As such, their care is considered to be part of your medical expenses, and are therefore tax deductible. If you have a service dog, here's what you need to know about these tax deductions. [...]

Training Your Service Dog for Anxiety: Steps to Follow

Anxiety disorders are some of the most common mental health disorders in the United States. Millions of people suffer from severe anxiety every year. Thankfully, we've recently discovered that trained service dogs can provide a lot of comfort and relief for those who experience regular anxiety or panic attacks. If you believe that you can benefit from having an emotional support dog to help ease your anxiety, you've come to the right place! Below is a brief step-by-step guide to help you choose and train your emotional support dog and receive a registered emotional support dog letter. [...]

What Is a Service Dog Exactly?

When you think of the term "service dog," an image likely comes into your head of a dog in a red vest and harness. They're likely a large breed of dog, and they may be assisting someone with an obvious disability, such as someone who is blind or in a wheelchair. While this image is not incorrect, it is a very limited view of what makes a service dog a service dog. Keep reading to learn what a service dog really is and what it takes for a dog to qualify for this title. [...]

The Different Types of Service Dogs: All You Need to Know

You likely know that service dogs are highly skilled animals that are trained to assist someone with a physical or mental disability. But did you know that there are actually many different types of service dogs that perform a variety of functions? This article will tell you a bit more about the different types of service dogs, the jobs they perform, and how they become service animals. [...]

How to Ask Your Doctor for an Emotional Support Animal Letter

Any animal can be registered as an ESA, regardless of their species and without any specialized training. Having an ESA enables you to bring your animal with you when traveling and allows you to have your ESA live with you even in pet-free housing. While you don't legally need to supply a doctor's letter to have these rights, having this document can make traveling and getting housing restrictions waived much easier for you. Here's what you need to know about getting an emotional dog support letter from your doctor. [...]