Are ESAs Legitimate Service Dogs?

Good Dogs! (06-23-2021) #6086: Carol explains the laws and ethics of what constitutes a true service dog — specific tasks for which the dog is trained for that individual — unlike Emotional Support Animals who, like Therapy Dogs, have no special training or skills and are simply cherished companions.     MP3 Audio [16 MB]DownloadShow […]

Training, Guidelines Needed for Emotional Support Animals

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (08-05-2017) #536: Priscilla Clark from the Connecticut Humane Society talks about their challenges and triumphs; University of Missouri researcher Cassie Boness discusses the lack of training and requirements for emotional support animals — no obedience, no health requirements (vaccinations, etc) total lack of guidelines and much abuse by people claiming […]

Are We Smart Enough To Know How Smart Animals Are?

Dog Talk (and Kitties Too!) (08-13-2016) #485: Cassie Boness is a doctoral candidate at the Department of Psychological Sciences at the University of Missouri-Columbia and has been doing research on the legal and ethical issues of whether psychologists should be certifying emotional support animals; Frans de Waal’s book ARE WE SMART ENOUGH TO KNOW HOW […]