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When you are someone with any sort of emotional disorder, you’re going to find that it can, at times, be difficult to sort out what you’re doing and how you want to take care of everything. So, how do you take care of things related to a potential emotional support animal? Do you have to go about it in a particular way or can you just wing it and hope that everything turns out alright in the long run?
Dealing with Public Accommodations with Your Emotional Support Animal
No matter what sort of things that you’re facing, you may end up in a situation where you have to tell people what your service animal is for. Many times, you are going to get challenged about it due to the ignorance of other people and how they perceive the use of an ESA in the first place. So, if you go about all of this in a way that helps you to stay on top of everything, you are going to notice that it works much better.
What Are the Rules for Flying with ESAs?
In all honesty, it depends on the airline that you are flying with. Whether you’re going on a national or international flight, you want to be prepared for anything that is going to happen on your trip. For example, be sure that you know what you need to do in order to get on the flight easily. Know that you have various options and, when all is said and done, you will be in a much better position in regards to what you want to do and how you want to do it, too.
What Should You Have With You?
No matter what airline that you go with or how you deal with it, you want to make sure that you have a laundry list of things that you can have for your ESA on an airplane. This can include, but is not limited to, the following.
- All of the things that they are going to need in order to be comfortable during the trip. A leash, comfortable harness, pillow or blanket, food and water bowls, and whatever else that you would be taking with you in the first place. It’s best to use a harness as they’re better than collars as they’re more comfortable for the dog and you can have more control over the dog too if it were to pull at all.
- A muzzle, if you have a dog. Many times, people may feel nervous around a dog and you may want to help them have peace of mind about it. There are plenty of humane ones out there for you to choose from.
- Your ESA Letters. These can help you to prove what is going on and make sure that the airport and/or airplane understand what you’re doing and why you have an animal. This can make things go much more smoothly than they may have otherwise.
No matter what, be sure that you have your affairs in order before you even get to the airport – it can reduce stress and help you and your ESA to have a much smoother trip.