National Service Animal Registry


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Service Dog and Emotional Support Animal Blog

A Service Dog and Emotional Support Animal Blog

Emotional Support Dog Vests: All You Need to Know

If you have ever seen an emotional support animal or service dog, they have likely been wearing a vest that states their status as a working animal. Service dog or emotional support animal vests are not required by law, but they can be beneficial to have. Read on to learn more about emotional support dog and service dog vests, how to measure your dog for one, and what to consider when purchasing one. [...]

ESA vs Service Dogs: What’s the Difference?

While both serve humans, emotional support animals -- commonly referred to as ESAs -- and service dogs are often confused. These two types of service animals are similar in that they can provide emotional support for those that need it, but there are many differences between them. Understanding these differences will allow you to properly select and certify an animal for your needs. Here are some of the key differences between these two types of service animal certifications. [...]

What Are the Requirements for ESA Registration?

Many people disabled by a mental health, emotional or psychological condition find it difficult to function in life activities without the presence of an animal of their choice. To them, the emotional support animal is essential to that person's ability to function normally in society on a daily basis.

Disabled people who depend on emotional support animals are afforded certain protections under U.S. law. This includes exemptions from rules in certain housing and travel situations.

Yet the owner may be required in these situations to provide proof that the animal's purpose is to provide therapeutic support and is not just a house pet. [...]

Tips for Selecting the Right Service Dog Vest

Choosing the right vest for your service dog is essential to ensure their success. Having a vest not only allows others to recognize a pet as a working dog, but also allows those with disabilities to go about their daily business without being questioned about their dog or disability. Though there are no official regulations about which gear a service animal must wear, many owners prefer vests and patches to signify their dog as a service animal. To find the right vest for your dog, there are a few things you should keep in mind. Keep reading to learn about the most important considerations for your dog's vest. [...]

Major Benefits of Service Dog Registration

Service dogs provide life-saving benefits, companionship, safety, and security for many people with emotional and physical disabilities. While it's technically not required to register your service dog if you own one, it does come with several benefits worth mentioning. Continue reading to learn why using a service dog registry is beneficial to you and your dog. [...]