There is confusion by many on Emotional Support Dogs vs. Service Dogs
Emotional Support Dogs vs. Psychiatric Service Dogs
Important to remember: Service animals by definition (Dept. of Justice) are dogs only.
Important to remember: Service Dogs by definition (Dept. of Justice) are individually trained to do tasks or work for their disabled handler.
Important to remember: Psychiatric Service Dogs are Service Dogs.
Psychiatric Service Dogs are individually trained to do tasks for their disabled owner just the same as a Mobility Service Dog or any other SD.
~~ The extra description is not required but often added for clarification on the main duties of the dog.
“Service animal means any dog that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability, including a physical, sensory, psychiatric, intellectual, or other mental disability.
(There is a special appendix published in the same volume of the Federal Register for disabled handlers of Min. horses to be acknowledged under some circumstances to hold protections as those given to handlers of SDs.)
Important to remember: Emotional Support Dogs are not Service Dogs.
The DOJ clarifies that Emotional Support Dogs are not the same by saying: " ... the provision of emotional support, well-being, comfort, or companionship do not constitute work or tasks for the purposes of this definition."
In housing matters (rentals and a few other situations), often in official memos, they are mentioned together as the owners' rights are the same per HUD. Reasonable Accommodation Requests are a right of the owner under the Fair Housing Act (FHAct) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1974.
Emotional Support Animals (ESA) can include other types of pets in addition to dogs
such as cats, birds, ferrets, and "pocket pets'. When speaking of dogs they may be referred to as ESAs or ESDs.
Emotional Support Dogs (ESD) do not need to be trained.
It is highly recommended that the owner does simple obedience with the dog so the dog is a good neighbor. (potty trained, no excessive barking) ESDs can not pose a threat to others.