So, you’ve been diagnosed with having an Emotional Support Disorder and your mental health professional has recommended that you try an Emotional Support Animal as part of your treatment. This is very common and you’re not alone! This is a great opportunity for you to understand more about ownership of an animal, interact with other pet owners and in the process, heal any anxiety or emotional disturbances going on in that head of yours!
The benefits of having an Emotional Support Animal outweigh so many other treatments you’ll find, like long-term use of drugs like anti-depressants. Many mental health professionals are turning to the recommendation of an Emotional Support Dog or Emotional Support Cat in replacement of drugs for their patients. Emotional Support Animals not only pose a great alternative to dragging suffering patients during an Emotionally charged period of their lives, but they also provide a loving environment for that patient’s family, friends, and loved ones.
For those of you negotiating on whether or not an Emotional Support Dog is a good option for your mental health plan, it is highly recommended that you attempt the use of an Emotional Support Animal before looking to extreme options such as drugs.
In this article, we’ll be discussing the best and worst breeds for patients who’ve been diagnosed with an Emotional Support Animal as part of their mental health treatment plan. It is imperative that a patient is able to choose the correct breed of dog when it comes to a lifelong partner in a mental health plan. Many breeds work very well as Emotional Support Animals, but there are a particular few breeds that we’ve seen at work and have been very effective in their duties.
There are also a few breeds that we would suggest you steer clear of, not because they wouldn’t make great Emotional Support Animals but only because of their temperament and stereotypical behaviors. It is important to keep in mind that no matter what type of Animal you decide to have as your Emotional Support, their temperament and behavior truly depends on your ownership maintenance along with the personality of the animal.
Top 5 Emotional Support Dog Breeds:
Golden Retrievers Golden retrievers are a classic American family dog. These dogs make great pets if you’ve got a lot of people in your house, but they make even better Emotional Support Dogs. Golden Retrievers are known for their loving and warm temperament, and are especially great with children! Because Golden Retrievers love to make their owners happy, they are easy to train and make an easy choice for first-time dog owners. The only downside to Golden Retrievers may be their tendency to shed, but this is easily remedied with frequent brushing and washing.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel make great Emotional Support Animals as well, their behavior much like a Golden Retriever, is that of a human lover. The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is commonly known for being a lap dog, as they have a tendency to sleep in warm and cozy places. This is a great breed for first-time dog owners as well since they are easily trained and well behaved. This breed is also a great Emotional Support Dog as many of our patients contributing to this study have recognized their energy and excitement for life. This can have very positive effects on the humans this breed comes into contact with. It is imperative that this breed has ample room to live in or have frequent walks. Because this breed loves to have human contact, the more you are around your Cavalier King Charles, the better making them the perfect Emotional Support Animals.
For more than 20 years, the Labrador Retriever has been the most popular dog breed in the US, UK, Australia, Canada and New Zealand. This is true because many of the dogs in this breed make great Emotional Support Animals, with their personalities, trainability, and first-time dog owner ease. Many of these dogs are used for training to become Service Dogs, making them a great option for Emotional Support Dogs as well. So many people have Labrador Retrievers that you’ve probably met or seen one in your neighborhood or city. This breed can be easily trained and similar to the Golden Retriever, are people pleasers making their ability to provide an Emotional Support the main reason for their popularity. Labs are known for their notorious habit of chewing everything they can from shoes and socks.
The Brittany makes a terrific Emotional Support Dog for first-time animal owners and families with an active lifestyle. Brittany’s have very high energy, which makes them perfect for Emotional Support Dogs, needing exercise and meeting other dogs is this breeds favorite activity which is helpful for mental health treatment plans. Spending time outdoors is important for this breed and helpful for keeping owners with Emotional disturbances, active. Because this breed requires minimal grooming, they are great for owners who are looking solely to get out of the house and want an animal that is eager to please. With this breed being very sensitive to facial recognition, they can learn quickly their discipline and make them easy to train, even if you’re a first-time dog trainer/owner.
Papillons make great first dogs for new owners as they are friendly, easy to train, and extremely smart! While this breed is significantly smaller than previously mentioned breeds, they have very large personalities and easily perceive themselves as bigger dogs. This breed does not do well with small children as they need a strong owner to dominate them and keep them in line. This breed is excellent and makes an easy-to-handle companion, which is why they still make the top 5 list of best breeds for Emotional Support Animals.