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4 Dog Breeds That Are Great For People With Anxiety Disorders

 Are you one of the millions of people suffering from an anxiety disorder? Do you suffer from Panic disorder symptoms, social anxiety disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, and other related illnesses? These cause debilitating degrees of worry and fear. People with anxiety may obsess over things that other people would never think about twice. Likewise, they might decline social invitations because of their fear of leaving the safe confines of their home is too great. In fact, they constantly imagine the worst case scenario in every situation. These disorders are hard to understand and hard to deal with today. Anxiety can make it difficult to do seemingly normal things.

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The good news is that dogs offer incredible healing powers for people suffering from anxiety and PTSD. Pet therapy can help reduce worrying thoughts, lower heart rate, and provide a calming presence. Furthermore, in this blog we discuss 4 specific breeds that are especially great for helping individuals cope with these disorders.

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#1 Golden Retriever

Golden Retrievers are known for their loving demeanor, intelligence, perpetual smile, and energy. They’re loving, calm, and docile. Secondly, with their ability to adapt well to almost any environment, above all, they make the perfect emotional support animal especially if you like to travel. The confident, loyal, and naturally playful golden retriever can be quite calming for someone with an anxiety disorder. Thirdly, they are highly trainable and not prone to lash out or snap at others, as a result, also makes them perfect emotional support pets. 

#2 Pembroke Welsh Corgi

The Pembroke Welsch Corgi is an adorable dog that originated as a work dog used to help herd cattle.  With their strong will to work, they are a favorite emotional support animal and are among one of the most intelligent breeds. Likewise, this breed of choice was chosen by Queen Elizabeth and follows commands approximately 85 percent of the time. In fact, these friendly intelligent dogs are easy to train and are supposedly very quick and agile. Lastly, Corgis are attentive dogs that are usually extremely happy and friendly. 

#3 Saint Bernard

These gentle giants are excellent emotional support dogs. Saint Bernards originated in Switzerland and are famous for saving lives. Similarly, they helped monks on their rescue missions through the dangerous, snowy St. Bernard Pass, a route through the Alps that’s the highest percentage for bad snowstorms. In addition, about 2,000 people rescued over the years, as a result of the Saint Bernards’ bravery. They help calm their owners in the face of fear with their calm, gentle and patient nature, making them a great emotional support pet. Dogs known as the Breed of St. Bernard, adapt very well to changing environments, as a result, are also sociable and friendly.  

#4 Pug

In fact, Pugs are not traditionally known as service dogs, but in the same way, they do make wonderful emotional support pets. Pugs love to be around humans, adapt to most environments well and cause little stress to own or maintain. They’re very low maintenance and don’t require a ton of exercise. For instance, with their small size, they are great for people living in apartments. With their easy going loving nature not only-but also, they can be very calming for someone with anxiety. For more information about pet housing or getting an ESA housing letter for your pug, check out In conclusion, you can also take the free test to see if you qualify for an ESA letter. 

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Due to the new Department of Transportation (DOT) policy, Emotional Support Animals are NO longer allowed to fly in airplane cabins for free. However, Psychiatric Service Dogs are eligible.


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