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7 Reasons Why People Around You Disapprove of Your Emotional Support Animal and What to Do About It

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As an ESA pet owner, you adore your pet as much as your parents adore their children. If all people loved animals as much as their owners, then everyone would have pets. In reality, not everyone has a pet or wants to have one in the future. Moreover, some people don't like animals and show disapproval to their owners.

They say that haters gonna hate, but such an attitude can really hurt you as an owner of an ESA, which helped you through your tough times and is emotionally close to you. 

We will not discuss the chronic haters of animals who don't like any, but we will see what can you do about those whose disapproval can be changed to neutrality through the changes of your behavior as an owner. Let's see are the reasons people around you disapprove of your emotional support animal and what you can do about it.

1. Poop alert

People do not like animals because many ESA owners, walking their pets in an inappropriate place, often do not clean up the natural waste products.

If the pet crouched down in a public place – do not be lazy. Bring the "surprise" to the nearest trash bin. Even the smallest "mines" should not stay on the asphalt, sidewalks, ennobled areas with lawns and flower beds. To prevent a bad attitude because of walking your pet in places, unsuitable for this, find out where in your district you can walk your pets (and always clean after them).

2. Noise

A dog is barking.
Pets can make a loud noise that's annoying for other people.

Another reason people may not like your pet is the loud sounds that annoy others. As an owner of a four-legged friend, you must necessarily engage in your pet's upbringing so that the noise it can create does not cause discomfort to your neighbors and strangers.

Animals are smart, and weaning them from "unwanted noise" is quite possible. Another difficulty is how far the owner perceives the depth of the problem and how eager you are to start appropriate training. Make sure that your ESA is not noisy and train it to behave culturally and not disturb others.

3. Walking without a leash

Probably the following situation happened to you at least once. You are walking, admiring nature, and nothing portends any trouble, and out of nowhere, a huge dog runs on you. At such moments, you get cold feet, and the whole life sweeps through the head. In most cases, the animal will run past, and the owner will reassure you sweetly and calmly so that you shouldn`t be afraid as the animal does not bite. As a passer-by, having experienced the whole spectrum of horror from possible harm, you do not share the calmness of the owner at all, who knows the animal and its potential behavior well.

No matter how lovely your ESA is, it does not give you the right to walk it without a leash. When your pet is on a leash, and next to you, there are fewer indignant questions than when it is on a free-range. Protect yourself from negativity from others concerning your ESA, and others from unnecessary stress, always walking the animal on a leash.

4. Canceling the training

Any animal needs basic training and socialization. Some need it more, some less – but absolutely every pet needs training. So, the pet learns the fundamental rules of behavior, understands the owner's role, and learns to adapt to the new world.

Naughty animals annoy others, which can bring down on their master a real flurry of negativity.

To the contrary, trained dogs can freely be among people and other dogs anywhere, because they obey the owner and, on command, interrupt their activities, and return to the owner. Training is not a whim or a waste of money – but a necessity if you want to achieve only a positive attitude of others towards your pet.

5. Violating people's privacy

It is often found that animals jump on people to greet them, regardless of whether they are familiar or just passers-by. The problem is not the animals, but rather the owners, who don't understand the simple thing: not everyone seeing your pet feels the endless tenderness and a desire to stroke (it sounds unbelievable, we are shocked that this happens too).

Train your pet so that it does not show undue interest to strangers. 

Don't let them jump, lick, and otherwise beg for attention and adoration of the strangers, as not all of them like their personal space being invaded. Teaching your ESA how to behave among people is essential, and eventually, it will make your pet a well-socialized and welcomed in practically any community.

6. Bringing your pet to an inappropriate place

A man is walking a dog.
You can freely walk a dog along the streets but you cannot take it to any public place.

Sorry, but your ESA is not welcome to all the places for people unless it is a service animal.

Unfortunately, many owners (and especially dog owners) forget that the ban on animals in public facilities does not depend on their size and on whether they are on their hands or sitting on the floor. Of course, you can understand people who do not want to be close to animals, so protect yourself from slanting eyes in your direction and not take your pet to places where others may not be happy with them.

7. Fear of an unusual animal

Not all people have cats and dogs as ESAs. You are likely to meet a variety of exotic pets as emotional support animals– and often, this can frighten others, causing an adverse reaction. A significant part of people has a negative attitude towards animals due to a lack of basic knowledge about animals and common misconceptions about them. 

You should be aware that it is not common for everyone to see exotic animals as pets, and people may be afraid of them because of unreasonable fears of getting infected or dread of aggression of an animal that they have not seen before. If you see that a person is interested in your animal, then educate them about your pet, showing that it is not dangerous, and they don't have to be afraid of them. Possibly this way, you can enlarge the animal-lovers group by attracting one more member.

Now you know about the possible reasons why others may not like your ESA, and with that knowledge, it's easy to prevent a bad attitude. Remember that a lot in strangers’ relation to the pet depends on its owner and how you raised them.

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