Would you like to register your animal as an ESA (Emotional Support Animal) or as a PSD (Psychiatric Service Dog)? Your animal can accompany you even if this is not possible under normal circumstances. We have developed the non-profit project ESAeurope to actively support your intention!
If your animal is with you, you
- are more confident
- are more present in the here and now
- feel less lonely
- are free from constraints and other emotional limitations
- are able to undertake many more activities in everyday life
- are more confident than without your animal
With the ESAeurope card, it should also be easier to travel with your companion animal and take your animal to public institutions. We are working to expand our service permanently.
The PSD training of your dog to a confirmed Psychiatric Service Animal according to US DoT standards is another important step. The core points of our offer is the support of all necessary steps to comply with all guidelines and specifications for ESAs and PSDs according to US DoT standards.
Please note that confirmation from your psychotherapist or doctor is required to issue the ESAeurope Card, as well as the PSDeurope Card. You can download the corresponding form free of charge in our shop. As a rule, this confirmation is very often issued by psychotherapists, care associations and also general doctors, since the benefit of an animal for the person concerned is clearly proven.
ESAeurope Card – (confirms your animal’s status as Emotional Support Animal)
The ESAeurope Card is possible for all animal species and documents the special psychological / psychiatric assistance that your animal provides. The ESAeurope Card requires a confirmation from your doctor or psychiatrist that your pet and you are an inseparable team. At the moment, however, we have to point out that Emotional Support Animals are being treated as normal “pets” by more and more airlines, as they do not require immediate training. So if you need the ESAeurope Card mainly for travel by plane, we recommend you to purchase the PSDeurope Card and train your dog accordingly. PSDeurope Card as well as PSD Online Training (confirms your dog’s status as a Psychiatric Service Animal) with specific aptitude test to meet the US DoT (Department of Transportion) standards that enable you and your dog to fly with all airlines in the cabin that accept the US DoT standards.
You can purchase the PSDeurope Card if you either prove the necessary training and examination (specifications can be found in our FAQ’s) or if you book a corresponding online training with us and also take the necessary exam.
We see the training we offer as a help for self-help. You train your dog and we provide the essential specifications, goals and procedures. You send us your videos showing that they are both a well-functioning PSD team. The training is concluded with an interview that tests and confirms the taught training content. A certificate issued by Eurodog TAT-WAZ (Animals for Therapy, Austria) and the PSDeurope Card document the status of the dog as PSD according to US DoT standards.
If you do not have such confirmation, or if a doctor or psychotherapist is not available, we can also arrange an online therapy session in which the possibility to purchase an ESAeurope or PSDeurope Card is discussed. In addition to the therapy interview, the prerequisite for this is to fill out a questionnaire, which we will make available to you in advance if you have booked the online therapy session. If you are interested in this possibility, please book it in our fast access line “Online Therapy”.
WHAT IS AN EMOTIONAL SUPPORT ANIMAL?
Emotional Support Animals (ESA) are animals, typically dogs, but sometimes cats or other animals that offer their owner therapeutic benefits through affection and companionship with mental/psychiatric dysfunction or contextual limitations (fear of flying, space anxiety, etc.). ESA’s should have the necessary health, essential fitness, obedience and a pronounced positive social and environmental behavior so that they can support their owner in everyday life with specific assistance.
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It is important to know that an ESA animal has not been trained to perform a specific task. It only fullfils the function of being your emotional support animal. ESA’s are therefore not considered service animals. They must therefore not be compared with working dogs, such as guide dogs, assistance dogs, service animals, therapy animals or visiting dogs, which have been trained to perform special tasks. Of course, an ESA can train as a service animal and then enjoys the advantages associated with admission (e.g. as an assistant animal). Please also note, that if you register at ESAeurope, your dog does not become an assistance dog due to the registration process!
WHAT IS A PSD (PSYCHIATRIC SERVICE DOG)?
PSYCHIATRIC SERVICE DOG’S (PSD) are DOGS that offer their owner therapeutic benefits through affection and accompaniment with mental/psychiatric dysfunction or context (fear of flight, fear of space, etc.) and are at the same time trained to reinforce these limitations not only through their existence, but also through individual abilities; they thus take on special tasks. PSD’s must have the necessary health, essential aptitude, obedience and strong positive social and environmental behavior, so that they can support their owner in everyday life with specific, individual-oriented assistance.
What is the ESAeurope Card?
The ESAeurope Card is possible for all types of animals and documents the special psychological / psychiatric assistance that your animal provides to you. For the issuance of the ESAeurope Card a confirmation of your doctor or psychiatrist is necessary, after which your animal and you form an inseparable team. Currently, however, we must point out that Emotional Support Animals are being treated as normal “Pets” (domestic animals) by more and more airlines, as they do not require any immediate training. So, if you need the ESAeurope Card mainly for rests with the airplane we recommend to buy the PSDeurope Card and train your dog accordingly.
What is the PSDeurope Card and also the PSDeurope training?
PSDeurope Training with specific proficiency testing is set up to meet US DoT (Department of Transport) standards, qualifying you and your dog to fly in the cabin with all airlines that accept US DoT standards. You can acquire the PSDCard if you book the appropriate training with us and also pass the necessary exam.
We see the training we offer as helping you to help yourself. You train your dog and we provide the essential guidelines, goals and procedures. The training is completed with an examination, which tests and confirms the imparted training contents. A certificate issued by ESAeurope and the PSDeurope Card document the status of the dog as a PSD according to US DoT standards.
Our goal is to provide your animal (ESA as well as PSD) and you, as a human/animal partner team, with additional opportunities in accomplishing important life tasks.
We recommend that you obtain official confirmation from your psychologist or psychotherapist that you and your animal form a necessary human/animal partner team to start the process. If you do not have a medical or therapeutic confirmation, or if no doctor or psychotherapist is available, we can also arrange an online therapy session for you, in which the eligibility for the ESAeurope Card, or the PSDeurope Training will be discussed. The prerequisite for this is, in addition to the therapy session, the completion of a questionnaire, which we will make available to you in advance after you have booked the online therapy session. If you are interested in this possibility, please book the online therapy session in our DeepL access bar “Booking Online Therapy”.
Beate + Burkhard – your ESAeurope Team
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