Emotional Support Animal Training and Certification Program


For some people with disabilities, an emotional support animal (usually a dog), or ESA, can significantly improve quality of life. For example, an ESA may ease symptoms of anxiety, fear, or depression. ESAs are prescribed by a licensed mental health professional.


Although ESAs are an incredible support to people who need them, ESAs do not have the same public access rights as service dogs. However, many businesses and services choose to extend these rights to ESAs anyway--but ESAs must be well-mannered and non-intrusive, and never represented as service dogs or psychiatric service dogs, and never interfere with these other types of dogs' ability to focus and do their jobs.

If you have a young dog or puppy that you would like to groom for the job of ESA, see our Downstay Puppy Special. This will lay a critical foundation for a happy, biddable, resilient dog--perfect material for an ESA.


If you have an adult dog you would like turn into an ESA, Downstay offers a special ESA train and board program. If your dog is accepted, she or he will enter a rigorous training program consisting of manners, deportment, and specific tasks modules. At the end of the program, your dog will receive a certificate of completion which serves as important legal proof of your dog's training achievements.

If you would like us to consider your adult dog for our ESA program, contact us.