Originally Answered: Emotional Support Dog?
You do not need a doctors note to get a service dog or a ESD in most states, you do need medical documentation or a disability to get a service dog - most applications will explain the procedure once you apply. They will also have to confirm with the doctor / clinic you go to for information making sure you qualify to beagle to care for a dog, or have support to care for a dog.
ESD animals do not have the rights that a service animal or mobility animal have, they are different classifications, such as you may have a drivers license, however it will not allow you to drive a plane or motorcycle or certain sized vehicles without other endorsements etc. A license is a license is it not?
If you own the business why can you not take your dog with you when you go to work? There is something I am missing from your post I guess.
People just assume a few classes, a test or two and the dog is ready to be assigned and go out into the field to work, but there are many tests the animal has to pass before it is even considered for training. Many pet dogs make it into the service dog programs, however for every dog that gets in there must be around 30 if not more that do not.
You may have a very well mannered dog, your dog may be obedient to you, the dog may behave well in public and have good people skills, however if someone
Had to takeover your dog in a public place, would your dog be able to handle that, has it been socialized enough not to be reactive to strangers, other animals (of all breeds) loud noises and stressful situations?
The dog needs to pass physical health tests and must be capable of working whichever job it is being trained for. Most service animals will receive a minimum of 2000 hours of classroom training and 1500 or more field hours logged once they pass their classes before they can pass their certification. Most people don't think about that. If you apply for the program and your dog fails, you have the choice of getting another dog from the program, however you usually have to re home your pet dog, a you ready for something like that?
Service dogs have to be steady, even if they were to be accidentally hurt, such as having a tail stepped on, pushed, pinched over crowded etc, the dog must not react.
Going online and finding some quack to charge you x amount of dollars and say. " yes I think you need a ESD," then send you a piece of paper is a scam, I don't care if he/she gets a million hits a day and can prescribe dark Starr dust therapy from outer space, it is not legal unless they practice and are certified in your state, the person jut be available to talk with the program manager/trainer etc to talk about your specific needs etc.
I would listen to the other people that have posted, support dogs are not service dogs, they do not have the rights of a service dog period. If you decide to go through a program of some type and they do not find your current friend/dog acceptable then you will either be turned away from the program or many of them do not allow a second dog in the home so be prepared
Just my thoughts on this, good luck.