Emotional support dogs help people of all ages and backgrounds with everything from anxiety to bipolar disorder.
With the rise in popularity of podcasts, many people are looking to start their own, but putting your thoughts and voice out into the world can bring its own fears and anxieties:
- Many people hate the sound of their own voice (which is perfectly normal, you’ll get used to it).
- Are people going to like what you say?
- Can they hear your nervousness?
Having an emotional support dog can help give you the confidence – and calmness – to start recording – and to actually hit publish.
But did you know there are actually 3 types of service animals? Let’s quickly break down the differences so we’re all on the same page:
- Service Dogs – highly trained for a specific disability. These are commonly used as a seeing eye dog for people with blindness or to alert someone to a seizure before it even happens! Learn more about service dogs here.
- Therapy Dogs – these are well-trained dogs that are used with animal-assisted therapy or as visiting therapy dogs to increase someone’s mental, physical and/or emotional well-being. People will even bring in dogs to help kids learn to read. It works so well because the animal is non-judgemental (and a good listener).
- Emotional Support Animals – what I’m referring to today. They don’t always have to be highly trained, but they should be well behaved.
Studies have also shown that pets – and emotional support dogs – can lead to:
- Better mental health
- Lower blood pressure
- Lower cholesterol
- Reduced stress
- Being more active
.. and a ton more!
Besides these clear health benefits, an emotional support dog can travel and live with you for free. That means you’ll save some extra cash for an awesome new podcast microphone.
You will need to officially register your emotional support dog in order to gain of some of those financial benefits (unfortunately, not everyone will believe you). You can easily register your dog online to make your dog an official ESA – with the protection of the law behind you. Learn more about ESA laws here.
They also can be incorporated into your podcast or podcast promotion. Here a few ideas:
- Show images of them by your side (people love pictures of dogs!) on your favorite social platforms
- Talk about how your emotional support dog is helping you record your podcast (people love the “behind the scenes” stuff!)
- Mention some of the benefits of emotional support animals to your audience (feel free to repeat some of the benefits above or refer your audience to this post)
I hope that helped you see how emotional support dogs can help you create, launch and promote your podcast. Not only that but if you don’t already have a dog, you’ll have a new best friend for life!
P.S. I just launched an AdWords and online marketing podcast with the help of a few cute puppies – check it out!