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To many people, a Labradoodle’s name sounds like a fun dog. These highly intelligent, friendly, loving dogs are a crossbreed between a Labrador Retriever and a Miniature or Standard Poodle. They are loaded with personality, playfulness, and affection. When a person decides to own a Labradoodle, they can rest assured they are getting a companion for life! Labradoodles were bred originally to create a type of hypoallergenic guide dog, but they quickly became favored pets in households worldwide. As the second most crossbred dog in America, Labradoodles are a fixture among dog enthusiasts. With their friendly nature, it’s no wonder these dogs quickly sored to the top of the most sought after mixed breed in America. The Labradoodle is a popular choice for an emotional support animal, and you can see a physician and find out if you and your pet qualify for an Emotional Support Animal letter.

Labradoodle Appearance

The appearance of the Labradoodle is usually a combination of poodle cuteness and Labrador athleticism, though this is not always the case. The parent that the Labradoodle takes after the most are left up to genetics, so an owner can’t be sure how their new pet will look until fully grown. Some Labradoodles take on a perfect mixture of both dog breeds, whereas other Labradoodles seem to resemble one parent more than the other. This breed comes in three main sizes, standard, medium, and miniature. One of the unique features of the Labradoodle is their coat color.


They can be a solid color or a combination of the colors listed below.

  •  Caramel
  • Chocolate
  • Cream
  • Gold/Apricot
  • Parchment (creamy, beige, chocolate color)
  • Red
  • Café (a cross between light milk chocolate and a beige color)
  • Chalk
  • Black
  • Silver
  • Blue
  • Lavender
  • Parti (fifty percent white with spots or patches of another color)
  • Phantom (solid base color with defined markings of a second color appearing above each eye, on the side their muzzle, or the throat, legs, feet or below the tail)

These hybrid designer dogs have coats that are easy to manage with minimum shedding. The Labradoodle will vary in weight depending on which size they are but are generally between 25 and 85 pounds. As with their weight, the height will vary somewhat from 1 foot 9 inches to 2 feet tall. This variation in height differs because of its dependency on which poodle was used in breeding, the standard or miniature.

Labradoodle Character/Temperament

Labradors and Poodles both have the instinct to swim; therefore, it is easy to conclude that Labradoodles also are born “water dogs.” This breed is very smart, and they typically respond well to their owner’s commands. They have an easy going, fun-loving nature about them and are considered to be good with children. Often considered to make good watchdogs, Labradoodles can be protective of their families. Unfortunately, this breed can also be shy or wary of strangers. If left alone for long amounts of time, these dogs can develop a restlessness, which can and often leads to bad behavior when unsupervised.

Some positive temperament traits that stand out in the Labradoodle:

  • Energetic
  • Intelligent
  • Highly trainable
  • Protective
  • Strong swimmer
  • Affectionate
  • Graceful
  • Fun loving
  • Loyal

These family-oriented dogs make great pets for people who wish to have a gentle, yet active dog, who can be a faithful companion to the entire family.

Labradoodle Care/Health


Caring for a Labradoodle is like caring for any other dog. Though grooming is not demanding, the coat should be regularly washed and brushed weekly, as well as trimmed once or twice a year. If the dog’s coat is long, it could require professional grooming a few times each year adding to the overall cost of this breed. The eyes and ears are the most significant health concerns with the Labradoodle. As a breed, they tend to have eye and ear issues more than any other health problem. Routing visits to a qualified veterinarian will help prevent any costly issues down the road. Occasionally, other health concerns are noted with Labradoodles but are typically less common than those associated with the eyes and ears. Hip dysplasia and Addison’s disease need to be screened for during yearly health checkups. Early detection is always best when dealing with a beloved member of your family. Looking out for a Labradoodles health and safety should be a number one priority for their owners. Puppy/dog proofing the house will make things easier when caring for the Labradoodle. Owners should puppy-proof their homes to help prevent accidents.

As you prepare for the arrival of your new pet, the following list will help you make your home as safe as possible;

  • Put away any toxic plants a puppy can reach                                                                                                                                                      
  • Remove small objects they can chew on or eat
  • Hide electric cords
  • Fencing in an area outside for the dog to exercise
  • Removing any toxic plants, flowers, trees, shrubs from within the fenced area
  • Securing poisonous chemicals such as antifreeze

Don’t forget to exercise your Labradoodle 30 to 60 minutes daily and feed them a healthy diet full of vitamins and minerals. Of course, a healthy diet, frequent exercise, a warm, safe place to sleep, and yearly trips to your vet will also ensure your Labradoodle is always at its best. Labradoodles crave their owner’s attention, so make sure to enjoy lots of one on one interaction with your pet.

Labradoodle Training/Obedience

Labradoodles love their owners and desire to be near them, morning, noon, and night. This desire for attention can help when training your Labradoodle. Knowing what your dog loves will help a trainer to enhance the training experience. Any activity that involves water may appeal to this breed along with agility, walking, or any event that will socialize the dog with other dogs or humans. It is important to remember all dogs are different and Labradoodles are no exception. It is up to the owner(s) to gauge the training/obedience activities needed to meet the needs of their dog and family. If careful thought and consideration are given to training, the Labradoodle can be the perfect companion for any family, or as an emotional support animal for those who qualify. If you would like to see a physician about an ESA Letter, please call us at (415) 966-0848 or make an appointment for in-person or online.


It has become increasingly common in the last few years to see animals in public places that were once animal-free. And while part of this has to do with society being more accepting of animals in general, most of the reason for the increase can be attributed to a rise in service animals and emotional support animals.

Service Animal or Emotional Support Animal?

There is a very real difference between service animals or emotional support animals. In order to qualify as a service animal, a dog is typically trained from a young age to assist a person who may have a specific disability. Some service dogs help as a guide for people who cannot see well, others are trained to sense when someone is going to have a seizure. There are even dogs that are trained to help someone who experiences symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

To qualify as a legal service dog, it must be trained to do something that directly helps someone with a disability. Such animals are allowed by law to go wherever the general public goes including on public transportation, into buildings and any other place that is open to the general public.

An emotional support animal, on the other hand, does not need to have any type of special training. Their job, as defined by the ADA is to “provide companionship, relieve loneliness and sometimes help with depression, anxiety, and certain phobias”.
emotional support animal vs service animal

Emotional Support Animal Letters

An emotional support animal letter is a document that can be provided by a licensed therapist or mental health professional in San Francisco or in other parts of the United States. This type of letter states that an animal is medically beneficial to the owner. In order to prescribe an emotional support animal, a doctor or therapist must first be willing to certify that someone has a verifiable disability. Then, the person can qualify for special kinds of protection given by the US government.

Common Questions about Support Animal Letters

Who Can Qualify for an ESA Letter?

how to qualify for an emotional support animalAnyone who has been diagnosed with a psychological or emotional disability may be able to qualify for an ESA letter.  Some of these disabilities include:

  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Postpartum Depression
  • General Anxiety Disorder
  • Depression
  • Social Anxiety Disorder
  • Phobias
  • Panic Disorder
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Seasonal Affective Disorder

Does an Emotional Support Animal Need Training?

Unlike service animals, emotional support animals do not need any specific training. Instead, they simply need to help a person to be able to function despite their level of disability. The better trained your support animal is, however, the more tolerant others are likely to be.

Can an Emotional Support Animal go Everywhere?

In most places, you can take an emotional support animal with you because it is illegal for places that are open to the general public to deny access to people with disabilities. Even if a restaurant or museum has a sign saying “No ESA Animals”, it is illegal for them to even ask why you have a support animal. The ADA website states “you may not insist on proof of state certification before permitting the service animal to accompany the person with a disability.”

Make sure to check the most recent rules for emotional support animals on airlines you may be flying with or any hotels you will be staying in to make sure you bring the correct ESA paperwork.

How long is a Support Animal Letter Good For?

Emotional Support Animal letters are typically valid for a full year, though be aware that some scam websites say that they are able to offer a letter that is good for a lifetime. ESA letters expire because the diagnosis and prescription must be renewed periodically just like any other type of prescription.

Is an Owner Required to Answer Questions about an Emotional Support Animal?

Though business owners of all types may be curious about your animal and wonder if it truly has a right to come everywhere with you, there are only two questions they are legally able to ask. First, they may ask if it is a service animal that is required because of a disability. Second, they are allowed to ask what service the animal has been trained to perform. Beyond that, they are legally required to allow the animal to go wherever the general public goes.

Does an Emotional Support Animal Need to Wear an Identifying Collar or Harness?

There is no requirement that an emotional support animal wear a special harness or collar, though this type of identification may help business owners or others around you to know that the animal is there for your support and not just as a pet.

Do I Need to Have my Animal’s Identification Papers With Me at All Times?

It is also not required that you carry your emotional support animal’s letter with you all of the time as it is illegal, according to the ADA for anyone to insist on seeing proof of your diagnosis/prescription. Again, at most, people are allowed to ask if your animal is a service animal that is required because of a disability and what service it is trained to perform.

Be Informed, Be Prepared

Understanding why an Emotional Support Animal letter in San Francisco is important is the first step to making life just a little bit easier. And though there are many internet sites that say they can provide an ESA letter, many are fraudulent. The qualified doctors at EZCare Clinic in San Francisco can help you to get going on the process of legalizing your emotional support animal, so you can be sure to have it with you when it is most needed.

Patients may call or schedule an appointment online to get an emotional support animal letter. We also offer an online ESA application, which is legitimate and signed by licensed California doctor. If you think you may need an emotional support animal, no matter where you live, don’t hesitate to reach out.


Traveling with your Emotional Support Animal without any extra costs or fee is permitted by airline carriers if there’s an ESA letter provided. But, you must comply with a few requirements. All airlines are going to require that your Emotional Support Animal be calm on the plane and well behaved in public. It’s possible to obtain an at home dog training guide then train your dog on your own. This won’t just save money, additionally, it will ensure you have an enjoyable experience flying with the dog.

Go over the following list for every airline in order for you to be prepared and avoid all hitches as you check into the flight.

American Airlines ESA

Airline Requirements for Travel with Your ESA

This airline acknowledges the necessities of some requiring a psychiatric service animal or emotional support animal. The airline requires supporting paperwork that facilitates the request, like an Emotional Support Animal travel letter that is issued during the year of travel.

The paperwork has to come from a medical doctor or licensed mental health professional, with this information as per the website of American Airlines:

  • That you have an emotional or mental disability recognized within the DSM IV
  • That you require the psychiatric service or emotional support animal as an accommodation for traveling by air and/or for activity at your next destination
  • That the person offering the evaluation is a licensed medical doctor or licensed mental health professional, and you’re under her or his care
  • The type and date of the medical doctor’s or mental health professional’s license and state or additional jurisdiction where the license was issued

The paperwork ought to be offered to American Airlines at the minimum of two days prior to the arranged flight or else the ESA would need to be checked into a kennel within the compartment while the flight is motion.

Delta Airlines ESA

This airline suggests an early alert about traveling with animals while arranging reservations and you already can ask for a seat assignment when doing so.  However, the animal will have to remain upon the floor beside the owner’s seat. As claimed in the airline’s website, ‘No animals are permitted to occupy seats which are designed for passengers.’

The company expects the ESA to be well-behaved and is going to require paperwork from the owner before traveling. Specifically, that letter has to have the following, according to the airline’s website:

  • License number, address, title and jurisdiction (country/state it was issued), a signature of a mental health professional, and phone number.
  • The passenger has a mental health-associated disability that is recognized in the Diagnostic & Statistical Manual – Fourth Edition.
  • The passenger requires the psychiatric service or emotional support animal as an accommodation for traveling by air and/or for activity at the owner’s destination.
  • The person listed inside the letter is underneath the care of evaluating mental health expert or physician.

The airline may consider a digital letter saved on a device, so long as it contains the details above.

Jet Blue Airlines ESA

Like additional airlines, Jet Blue’s ESA travel requirements is paperwork which has the following, according to the airline’s site:

  • The customer has a mental health-associated disability.
  • Pet accompanying the owner is needed to the owner’s treatment or mental health
  • The type and number of pet(s)
  • Individual offering the evaluation of the owner is a physician or licensed mental health expert and the owner is under her or his care.
  • A physician or mental health expert’s license number or the kind of license, date of issue, as well as state or additional jurisdiction where it the license was issued

Also, the letter mustn’t be over a year old from travel date and it has to have the traveler’s confirmation number for reference.

Southwest Airlines ESA

This airline allows for travel of ESAs inside the cabin, except for Jamaican destinations. Also, the airline requires a travel letter from a licensed mental health provider with this information, as stated in the documentation guidelines established by Southwest Airlines:

  • The passenger has an emotional or mental disability that is recognized in the DSM IV – 4th Edition
  • Passenger requires the psychiatric service or emotional support animal as an accommodation for traveling by air and/or for activity at the customer’s destination
  • Individual offering the assessment is a licensed mental health physician, and the passenger is under her or his care
  • The type of date of the medical doctor or mental health professional’s license and state or additional jurisdiction where it was issued.

United Airlines ESA

Also, United Airlines requires paperwork that is similar to other airlines. But, the company has some regulations as to where the dog or another animal ought to be inside the cabin of the aircraft. Specifically, ‘the animal ought to sit at the owner’s feet without protruding inside the aisles in order to comply with safety rules. For smaller animals, owners might elect to utilize an approved in-cabin kennel. Exit row seating usually is prohibited, according to the site.

The airline requests that the travel paperwork and additional arrangements have to be advised at the minimum of 48-hours prior to the flight.

Virgin America ESA

This airline’s documentation policy for travelers with Emotional Support Animals is standard and like the rest, this ought to be issued no more than one year before traveling. It also must be written by a medical professional who is licensed, as posted on the website of Virgin America.

The paperwork has to ascertain that:

  • The customer has a mental health-associated disability
  • Having the pet accompany the customer is needed for the customer’s treatment, mental health, or to aid the customer (with her or his disability)
  • The person giving the evaluation of the customer is a licensed mental health expert
  • The customer is under the care of the person offering the paperwork.

Also, the airline requires a health certificate prior to the individual traveling with his animal to Hawaii. It ought to be valid for a minimum of one month from the travel date.

If you are flying soon and suffer from a mental or emotional disability, come to San Francisco for an ESA letter to avoid fees and bring your pet on board with you. We are open 7 days a week, from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm. You can get your Emotional Support Animal letter online, give us a call to schedule your ESA appointment!

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