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Snowy Pines Emotional Support Dogs

Are you looking for a way to find calm and stability in your life, despite dealing with anxiety, depression, or even loneliness? An emotional support dog from Snowy Pines could be your perfect solution!

At Snowy Pines, we raise our White Lab and English Cream Golden Retriever puppies at our beautiful 120-acre location in the Ozarks. Our puppies undergo expert-led training in our high-end, state-of-the-art facility, complete with a mock kitchen, living room, bedroom, and dining room, all designed and used to teach your ESA essential lifestyle skills.

With 10 years of training experience backing the Snowy Pines team, Snowy Pines’ Emotional Support Animal (ESA) training program is where priceless companions are made.

Before your emotional support dog is even picked up (or delivered right to your doorstep), they’ll learn how to support you, regardless of the emotional disability or mental health condition that defines your day-to-day life. From training in Deep Pressure Therapy (DPT) to training on tell-tale signs of emotional distress, your emotional support dog will have the knowledge base necessary to meet your emotional needs.

Snowy Pines is committed to providing the most friendly, caring, and attentive emotional support Labs and Goldens on the market. Thanks to Snowy Pines’ customized training program, we’re able to offer emotional support dogs that enrich your life with a newfound sense of joy, security, and serenity.

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Emotional Support Training Program

Foundational Emotional Support Tasks

Snowy Pines ESA training includes:

  • Basic Obedience
  • Target Training
  • House Training
  • Crate Training
  • Leash Walking
  • Public Access Manners (for pet-friendly stores and housing)
  • AKC’s Canine Good Citizen, Advanced Canine Good Citizen (CGCA), and Urban Canine Good Citizen (CGCU) testing.

Snowy Pines ESA Program

Discover our comprehensive ESA Program, offering essential training for well-behaved, supportive companions:

  • Socialization sessions
  • Training sessions
  • Calm and settle sessions

Our ESA pups master:

  • Basic Leash Manners
  • Sit, Down, Wait, Stay
  • Targeting (Nose & Paw)

Graduates can join our Intro to Foundational ESA Tasks program, learning essential support skills tailored to your mental health needs.

Snowy Pines Custom Therapy Dogs

Unlock the power of personalized support with our fully tailored Custom Therapy Dog Program. We understand that each situation is unique, so we create a customized training plan that fits your needs like a glove:

  • Tailor-made training sessions
  • Specialized skill development
  • Focused support for your specific requirements

Our Custom Therapy Dogs will be your perfect companion, providing the emotional support and assistance you deserve.

Turn Your Life Around with a Snowy Pines Emotional Support Dog

Nothing soothes the human spirit like the companionship of man’s best friend. Loving, loyal, and determined to bring happiness to their owners, emotional support dogs offer relief to those suffering from an anxiety disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, or another emotional disability that impacts one’s mental well-being.

With an emotional support dog from Snowy Pines, you can count on your Golden or Lab’s intelligence and loyalty. But even more important, your dog will develop the skills and knowledge to help you cope with your condition through our customized emotional support animal training program.

If you’re looking for symptom relief, the companionship of an emotional support dog can turn your life around. Experience greater stability and a never-ending wellspring of love with a Snowy Pines emotional support animal.

If you’re unsure if an emotional support dog is right for you, consider the following benefits:

Provides Motivation

Caring for a pet gives ESA owners a sense of purpose, so it’s no wonder that over 98% of people with emotional support dogs report an increased zest for life.

Gives Structure to Your Day

With an emotional support dog at your side, you always have a reason to stay active and healthy. In caring for your emotional support dog, daily walks, hours of playtime, and comforting snuggles will quickly work their way into your daily routine.

Helps You Relax

With a dog breed known for its friendly, easy-going nature, you’re sure to feel more relaxed. Whether your ESA dog is curled next to you on the couch or standing by your side, the presence of your pup can help you feel less stressed or anxious.

General Companionship

From birth, our puppies are showered with love and attention. They learn to enjoy the company of humans from a young age, which is why they make phenomenal companions.

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The Snowy Pines Emotional Support Animal Training Program

The Snowy Pines Emotional Support Animal Training Program is uniquely designed to teach our White Lab and English Cream Golden Retriever puppies the skills required to be effective emotional support dogs.

Your unique needs and emotional disability lead our training process – the Snowy Pines team will then customize the training according to your dog’s initial evaluation (advanced obedience, house and public manners, relationship building, and preparation to pass the AKC Canine Good Citizen test).

Whether you’re looking for an emotional support dog to alleviate loneliness or a loyal pet to help you get through panic attacks, PTSD episodes, or other events, your friends at Snowy Pines can help.

Our special training program includes lifestyle training, advanced socialization, and special mental health training that enable an ESA dog to improve its owner’s quality of life. We hand-pick puppies with the right temperament and personality for the program, or you can choose a puppy in advance from one of our litters.

As all of the dogs at Snowy Pines are genetically pure English White Labs or English Cream Golden Retrievers, you can also count on their soothing disposition and devotion.

Labs and Goldens are highly intelligent and make wonderful companions, which is one of many reasons AKC lists both breeds as the best family dogs.

Once your ESA puppy completes their training, you can pick them up at our Ozark location, or we can deliver the dog to your home. Our home delivery service includes both solo flight and nanny flight options, so you can decide how your puppy flies.

When you meet your new emotional support dog, you’ll reap the therapeutic benefits and companionship of an ESA almost immediately, all thanks to months of rigorous training at the Snowy Pines facilities.

Snowy Pines ESA training includes:

  • Basic Obedience
  • Target Training
  • House Training
  • Crate Training
  • Leash Walking
  • Public Access Manners (for pet-friendly stores and housing)
  • AKC’s Canine Good Citizen, Advanced Canine Good Citizen (CGCA), and Urban Canine Good Citizen (CGCU) testing.


During your ESA’s time at the Snowy Pines facilities, we’ll familiarize your emotional support dog with different environments. Our goal is to ensure they feel confident in most situations in the community, such as other households and public places that allow ESAs.

With an emotional support dog from Snowy Pines, you can welcome an intelligent, loving, and supportive dog breed into your home.

Knowing your ESA graduated from a training program developed by a team of top-rated emotional support animal (ESA) training specialists will make the integration of your ESA into your daily routine all the more seamless.

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The Two Tiers of Training

Snowy Pines offers two tiers of in-person ESA training. The price of your emotional support puppy is contingent on the ESA’s completed training levels.

Tier 1 ESA Training

Snowy Pines’ first tier of the ESA program provides fundamental emotional support dog training to ensure that your dog has the necessary social and lifestyle skills. The training includes teaching your dog how to interact with people in a friendly manner, control impulses, and handle different environments. This training is essential to ensure that your dog can effectively provide emotional support to their owner and others in need.

Snowy Pines’ specialty emotional support dog program takes things a step further by teaching your Lab or Golden how to be a true companion animal. The training involves teaching your dog how to recognize and respond appropriately to different emotional cues, body language, and vocal expressions.

Tier 2 ESA Training

The Intro to Foundational ESA Tasks program is our second tier. This highly focused training offers customized learning opportunities, with an emphasis on special skills and mental health conditions, such as retrieval skills and interruption behaviors. Snowy Pines can match the training to your unique needs.

ESAs don’t need to complete a preset number of training hours. However, the Snowy Pines commitment is to nurture the most well-bred, healthy, loyal, and well-trained puppies possible. That’s why all of our emotional support Labs and Goldens have completed special and extensive training, so you’re prepared to live your best life — and so are your lovable companions!

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Emotional Support Dog Pricing and Additional Information


Snowy Pines ESA Program – 4 Months Old

Our comprehensive ESA Program covers the A to Z of good behavior, model citizenry, and companionship. Training at this level includes:

  • 5 days of socialization (5 to 20-minute sessions)
  • 2 to 3 training sessions (5 to 15 minutes)
  • Daily calm and settle session (5 to 15 minutes)

Our emotional support pups learn:

  • Basic Leash Manners
  • Capturing
  • Sit
  • Down
  • Wait
  • Stay
  • Targeting (Nose & Paw)

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Intro to Foundational ESA Tasks – 5 to 6 Months Old

After graduating from the Snowy Pines ESA Program, older puppies can enter our Intro to Foundational ESA Tasks program. During this training, they’ll learn skills that will help them offer support and care that can address your unique mental health issues. These can include (but are not limited to):

  • Deep Pressure Therapy (DPT): a gentle, therapeutic pressure that relaxes the nervous system
  • Interruption Behaviors:the dog will try to prevent its handler from slipping into a flashback or interrupt self-harm or unconscious repetitive behaviors
  • Retrieve: they’ll learn to bring water, medication, or a comfort item to help an individual experiencing a panic attack
  • Holding: they will know when to get on the couch to comfort an individual experiencing stress or anxiety

At the end of this program, your emotional support dog will know how to behave on short trips to pet-friendly stores and possess the skills needed to pass the AKC Canine Good Citizen test. Additionally, your puppy will learn to stay by your side, respond to your needs, and be well-mannered.


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Discover the Unparalleled Benefits of Snowy Pines University’s Custom Emotional Support Dog Program

At Snowy Pines University, we understand the transformative power of emotional support animals in promoting overall well-being and mental health. That’s why we’ve developed our unique Custom Emotional Support Dog Program, designed to provide you with the perfect companion tailored to your specific needs.

Our expert team of trainers and animal behaviorists work closely with each participant to evaluate individual requirements and preferences, ensuring that every emotional support dog is a perfect fit for its new owner. As a result, you can expect a one-of-a-kind bond that not only enhances your life but also provides the unwavering support and companionship you need to thrive.

Join the Snowy Pines University Custom Emotional Support Dog Program today and embark on an unforgettable journey that will change your life for the better.


Emotional Support Dogs vs. Psychiatric Service Dogs — Which Animal Is Right for You?

When looking for an emotional support dog for sale, it’s important to understand the distinction between an emotional support dog and a service dog. Service dogs go through different training and are also classed differently in the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and have different access rights.

A service animal, including a psychiatric service dog, undergoes specific training to perform tasks that support individuals with disabilities, whether that disability is physical, sensory, intellectual, or mental.

For example, a psychiatric service dog might be trained to turn the lights on to help someone with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) feel safe before entering a room. On the other hand, an emotional support dog is primarily trained to provide comfort and companionship.

Psychiatric Service Dogs

  • The ADA says service dogs aren’t pets, so they’re allowed in any building or facility where customers and members of the public are allowed.
  • Service dogs are allowed to ride with their handler in the carrier of an aircraft.
  • Service animals are protected by the Fair Housing Act (FHA), which ensures people with a disability have access to housing.

ESA Dogs

  • Emotional support animals are allowed in pet-friendly stores and facilities.
  • ESA dogs can’t ride in the carrier unless the airline permits it.
  • Emotional support animals are protected by the FHA, too, so you can live anywhere with your dog.

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Labs and Goldens: The Best Emotional Support Dogs

Our purebred Labs and Goldens make excellent emotional support dogs thanks to their easy-going disposition and high intelligence.

Intelligent, Lovable Breeds

Labrador and Golden Retrievers rank among the top ten most intelligent dog breeds. They learn quickly and can easily solve simple problems.

They’re also some of the most family-friendly dogs. According to the AKC, Labs are the top family dog, with Goldens close behind in 3rd place. Both breeds can adapt to any environment, including urban and rural living. Because Labrador and golden retrievers love spending time with their owners, you won’t find a better dog breed to meet your companionship needs.

Genetically Pure Dogs

At Snowy Pines, we only breed genetically pure English White Labs and English Cream Goldens to ensure our dogs carry the best traits that these breeds have to offer.

These favorable traits include a calm temperament, a willingness to decompress at the end of a long day, and a desire to enjoy their owner’s company without additional stimulation. Unlike their American Retriever counterparts, English White Labs don’t need to burn off excess energy before they can unwind.

Professional Care and Training

Snowy Pines prides itself on ten years of dog training experience. We know how to bring the best out of our White Lab and Golden Retriever puppies.

Every member of the Snowy Pines team genuinely loves our dogs and gives them generous amounts of attention from day one. That’s why our emotional support animal dogs are brimming with love when they meet their owners and are ready to start their new life in their forever homes.

Emotional Support Dog FAQs

Learn more about emotional support dogs and their impact on their owner’s life.

Who Can Benefit from Emotional Support Animals?

Research shows that companion animals offer a variety of mental health benefits, including alleviating worry, reducing feelings of isolation and loneliness, and inducing calm.

Emotional support animals can relieve symptoms and improve the quality of life for individuals with almost any mental health condition or emotional challenge, including PTSD, depression, general anxiety disorder, loneliness, attention-deficit disorder, chronic stress, and even learning disabilities.

When Should You Get a Service Dog Instead of an ESA Dog?

An emotional support animal is a good option if you’re looking for a source of comfort, companionship, and relief from feelings of loneliness, sadness, or other challenging emotions. However, if you require assistance with specialized tasks — be it guidance for the visually impaired or alerts of blood sugar fluctuations — a service puppy will be up for the task.

Service dogs can help with all types of disabilities, including psychiatric ones.

For example, people with schizophrenia or dissociative identity disorders might become disoriented or have difficulty perceiving the environment around them. In these cases, they can come into harm’s way without realizing it. A service dog can alert its handler to dangers or interrupt a risky behavior, such as self-mutilation.

If you’re unsure which type of dog is right for you, discuss your needs with a mental health professional. Your doctor can speak to the kinds of tasks and whether said tasks require the assistance of either an emotional support dog or a service dog. After a consultation with your primary care provider, you’ll be well on your way to the relief you deserve.

What Are the Requirements You Need to Meet to Qualify for an Emotional Support Animal?

While companion animals can be helpful for almost anyone – after all, we all feel stressed, worried, or lonely from time to time – you need a diagnosis and an official letter from a mental health professional to own an ESA dog officially.

Here’s what you need to do to qualify for an emotional support animal:

  • Make an appointment with a licensed mental health professional.
  • Talk to a professional about your concerns and ask if an ESA dog could benefit you.
  • Your healthcare practitioner will diagnose your mental illness and provide a letter prescribing an emotional support dog.

Be sure to keep the letter from your doctor. When working with landlords or businesses that only allow working dogs and emotional support animals on their premises, you’ll need to present proof that you require an ESA’s services – in which case, they may make a reasonable accommodation.

Can You Get an Emotional Support Dog for Loneliness?

You don’t need to be diagnosed with severe mental impairment to be eligible for an emotional support animal. An emotional support dog can be a viable solution if you struggle with feelings of loneliness, grief, sadness, or isolation. For example, older adults who live alone and are thereby susceptible to social isolation alone can benefit tremendously from having a loving and attentive emotional support dog at their side.

What’s the Difference Between a Therapy Dog and an ESA?

A therapy dog works with its handler in a clinical setting to provide therapeutic benefits to patients. So, where emotional support and service dogs live with and serve their handler, therapy dogs might help dozens of patients and spend time in hospitals, doctor’s offices, nursing homes, or mental health institutions.

For example, a psychiatric counselor might own a therapy dog and bring it with them during patient consultations. A doctor might bring their trained therapy dog to a nursing home to bring comfort to their Alzheimer’s patients.

Like ESA dogs, these animals are well-trained and offer comfort and a sense of serenity simply by their presence.

Where Can You Bring an Emotional Support Dog?

Unlike service animals, which the ADA classifies as working dogs rather than pets, emotional support dogs aren’t able to enter public and commercial spaces. Emotional support dogs can’t go where animals aren’t traditionally allowed, such as grocery stores, restaurants, schools, buses, libraries, and shops.

However, there are many business owners and facility managers who do allow ESA dogs. As mental health awareness and public support grow, animals that provide therapeutic relief will slowly gain entry into these once-prohibited spaces.

Can You Take an Emotional Support Animal on a Plane?

On December 2, 2020, the U.S. Department of Transportation revised the Air Carrier Access Act (ACAA). As part of the revision, airlines are no longer legally required to group emotional support animals with service animals.

You can still take a service dog in the carrier of a plane, including a psychiatric service animal. But you’ll need to prove that your dog is a true working dog and verify that a licensed doctor prescribed the animal to help you with a disability.

Airlines can choose, at their discretion, to accept ESA dogs, so it’s still possible to fly with your pet; however, most major airlines, including JetBlue, American Airlines, United Airlines, and Southwest Airlines, have stopped accepting emotional support animals in the aircraft cabin.

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What’s the Best Dog Breed for Emotional Support?

With a winning combination of good temperament, intelligence, and social skills, both Golden Retrievers and Labs make ideal emotional support dogs. At Snowy Pines, we train both breeds to be emotional support animals and believe they are equally fantastic options for anyone looking for therapy, emotional support, or service dogs.


Browse our available White Lab and English Cream Golden Retriever puppies today and choose your new calming companion!

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