Emotional Support Dog Services
WANT AN EMOTIONAL SUPPORT DOG?
Emotional support dogs provide comfort and support in forms of affection and companionship for an individual suffering from various mental and emotional conditions. While an emotional support dog can be trained to calm their owner or warn someone that their owner is having a panic attack, emotional support dogs are not required to perform specific tasks like service dogs are. They are meant for emotional stability and unconditional love.
With the donations from some truly amazing individuals, businesses and organizations, K9s From Carrie provides services to pair individuals with dogs and to train a new dog or a dog that is already a member of the family.
K9s From Carrie pays for and helps individuals find a furry four-legged friend from a licensed breeder or local rescue. We then sponsor obedience training for that dog so it will be better equipped to assist its owner, especially in detecting when its owner is in distress and alerting others that its owner needs help.
HOW TO APPLY
Applicants must have a diagnosed mental health condition, be under the care of a medical professional and currently live in the 7-county Minneapolis metro area to participate.
If you meet this criteria, please fill out our request form and return it to K9s From Carrie at P.O. Box 605, Anoka MN 55303. Be sure to enclose or attach the letter from your doctor or mental health professional recommending that you have an emotional support dog for your condition.
We review all applications carefully. You will receive a phone call from K9s From Carrie regarding your application. We will meet with you at your home to learn more about your specific needs, what type of dog may best meet them, and the process involved with training.
K9s From Carrie will purchase the dog directly from a licensed breeder or a local rescue for you. The dog is never in our possession nor do we give recipients money. You will receive an appropriate kennel/crate and pet store gift card to help get you started with dog ownership. Once the dog is purchased, we will make arrangements for you to pick up the dog.
DOG OBEDIENCE AND EMOTIONAL SUPPORT TRAINING THROUGH K9S FROM CARRIE
When receiving a puppy, the recipient will be visited by our dog trainer for a puppy consult about a week out from the time the dog is received. He will also discuss the specific training required for the puppy, which will begin after the puppy turns 5 months old.
When receiving a dog older than 5 months, our trainer will visit the recipient to conduct an evaluation and discuss the possible first training session. Recipients can also expect to learn the different training options available. All K9s From Carrie dogs will receive obedience training and, though emotional support dogs do not require additional training, we encourage it. Our trainer helps each recipient in deciding what is best for the recipient and the dog.
Once obedience training is complete, recipients may choose to participate in the Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Program, which stresses responsible pet ownership for owners and basic good manners for dogs. Recipients who want to CGC-certify their dogs will receive further assistance from our trainer including the opportunity to take a practice test to make sure the recipient and dog are ready.
All training invoices are paid by K9s From Carrie.
Further, K9s From Carrie facilitates both the CGC and the Emotional Support Dog certifications for recipients. Emotional support dog certification includes lifetime registration of the dog, the certification, an ID card, an emotional support dog tag, and an emotional support dog vest (if desired).
Emotional support dogs are protected under the Fair Housing Amendments Act (FHAA) and the Air Carrier Access Act (ACAA). The FHAA protects individuals by allowing their emotional support dog to live with them even when there are specific pet policies in place. The ACAA protects individuals by allowing the emotional support dog to fly with them in the cabin of an airplane without having to pay additional fees.
Individuals with emotional support dogs must present a letter from a physician or mental health professional recommending the need of an emotional support dog when renting an apartment/home and when flying a commercial airline.
When a dog is wearing an emotional support dog vest or tag it lets the public know that it is an emotional support dog without the owner having to explain that their dog is an emotional support dog. Businesses prefer to see a vest or ID card that indicates the dog is an emotional support dog.
STEPS TO OWNING AN EMOTIONAL SUPPORT DOG
Applicants must have a diagnosed mental health condition, be under the care of a medical professional and live in the 7-county Minneapolis metro area to participate.
Step 1. Apply online.
Step 2. K9s From Carrie will contact you.
Step 3. K9s From Carrie will visit with you in your home to determine specific needs.
Step 4. K9s From Carrie will help you find an emotional support dog from a licensed breeder or local rescue.
Step 5. Our dog trainer will meet with you to determine the amount and type of dog training is needed.
Step 6. Your dog goes through obedience training.
Step 7. You choose to participate in the in the Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Program.
Step 8. K9s From Carrie sponsors all costs for purchase of dog and necessary dog training and facilitates in certifying your dog as an emotional support dog.