As a wise lady once said, “Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.” Anyone with a four-legged friend can attest to the truth behind that oft-repeated quote by Roger Caras. The many ways dogs enhance their owners’ lives are myriad.
For those struggling with emotional distress or mental illness, however, dogs can be even more important and effective than they are for those who count themselves among the neurotypically blessed. In fact, there’s a federal law in place in the United States called the Air Carrier Access Act that requires airlines to allow passengers with disabilities to travel with their service animals at no extra charge and without having to pay pet fees.
A service dog need not be an expensive breeds or a rare mix of breeds: any dog–big or small–can be trained to assist its owner with everyday tasks and provide comfort during difficult times if it has the right personality for service work. Many of you may know about dogs that help blind people navigate their surroundings; but did you know there are also specially trained psychiatric service dogs?
These wonderful animals have been helping humans cope with anxiety disorders, depression, PTSD and other mental illnesses since at least 1989 when they received official recognition from the American Psychiatric Association as legitimate therapy tools.
If you’re looking for a loyal pet, the Pomeranian is a great option. They’re very affectionate and loyal to their owners. They thrive on attention and companionship, so if you have children or other pets that will give it to them, they’ll be happy!
Poms get along well with children and other dogs (they are not good with cats). They love attention from everyone in the family, including guests—they’re extremely social animals.
They also do well living with elderly people because they love being snuggled up close to someone warm while they sleep. This makes them a great choice if you want your emotional support pet to help keep your loved ones safe while also keeping them company at night when they need it most!
The Chihuahua is a small breed that is active and lively. They are good for people who don’t have much time to exercise their dog because they don’t need much of it, but they do need some daily activity to keep them happy and healthy. The Chihuahua can also be very affectionate towards its owner, which makes it a great companion when you’re feeling down.
The breed is easy to train, so if you want a dog that can learn commands easily, this might be the right breed for you! It’s also very easy to travel with because these pups are tiny—you won’t have any trouble taking them on the road with you!
Golden Retrievers are extremely affectionate, intelligent and friendly dogs. They’re also known for their loyalty and trainability. They’re perfect for families with children—they get along great with kids and love to play! But they can be rambunctious, so it’s important to make sure your Golden Retriever gets plenty of exercise every day.
Golden Retrievers are also good at learning tricks which makes them more fun to have around! And if you want a companion dog that will protect your home and family, a Golden Retriever would be an excellent choice; they have a natural tendency toward being alert towards strangers while remaining friendly toward friends (and even other animals).
If you live in an apartment, however, this breed might not be right for you since they need space outside where they can roam freely during the day instead of being confined indoors like most apartment dwellers are accustomed too doing each day when going about their daily routines…
Bulldogs are extremely friendly, docile and great with kids. They are also affectionate and loyal to their owners. Bulldogs tend to be very gentle dogs, which means they’re ideal for families with small children as well as elderly people. Bulldogs get along well with other dogs and cats, but they do not get along well with other pets or strangers. Make sure your bulldog is properly trained so that he knows how to behave around strangers in your home before bringing them in!
Beagles are friendly and loyal dogs that make good companions. These friendly little hounds will follow you around wherever you go, making them a great choice for kids who are looking for a friend to play with. Beagles also get along well with other dogs, cats, and even rabbits or guinea pigs! They have a long lifespan of 12-15 years on average, which means they can potentially live long enough to become your child’s best friend as an adult!
Beagles are very easygoing pups who love being around people—but don’t let their laid back nature fool you: these guys can be taught basic obedience commands like sit, stay and down (just make sure to start training early so that it doesn’t become an issue). If there are any problems during the housebreaking process (puppy accidents), just keep in mind that this breed tends towards stubbornness so consistency is key when potty training your puppy.
Corgis are one of the most popular dog breeds in the world, and for good reason. They’re very loyal, affectionate and social—they can’t get enough of hanging out with people! These dogs are also very intelligent and easy to train, which makes them great companions for kids who want a companion that they can teach tricks to.
Corgis have a good sense of humor and love playing games (although they’ll steal any toys you have lying around). This breed gets along well with children and other animals too!
The pug is a small, compact dog with a square body and large round eyes. They’re usually black or fawn in color, but can also be apricot (pink), silver or white. Pugs are friendly, affectionate and good with children. They are not aggressive dogs, but make excellent watchdogs since they will alert their owners when strangers approach the house. Pugs are very loyal and love to cuddle on the couch or go for walks with their people—they also love car rides!
Pugs are suitable for apartment living as long as you give them daily exercise to burn off all that energy they have stored up from being cooped up inside all day long! If you’re looking for an older dog breed then pugs might be right for you because they tend not to live past 13 years old (some live longer). Also if allergies are an issue then consider adopting one of these adorable wrinkled faces because they don’t shed much fur like other breeds do which makes them great choices if someone suffers from asthma/hay fever type symptoms like sneezing etc…
The basset hound is a gentle and loving dog that loves to be around people. These dogs are loyal and devoted to one person, so they make excellent companions for those who are home a lot. The basset hound is not an independent breed. They need attention and want to be with you as much as possible, especially if you’re doing something fun!
They love children, other pets and anyone else they meet. They are friendly, outgoing dogs that love playing with their masters or other family members. Basset hounds also enjoy cuddling just like any other dog would do!
The Maltese is a small dog breed that is often used as a lapdog. They are very affectionate and will cuddle with their owners, making them great companions for people who need emotional support. They do not shed much, so they don’t aggravate allergies like other dogs do. The Maltese are playful but calm down quickly once they’ve had enough exercise.
This breed is perfect for people who have limited space or can’t have a large pet due to living arrangements (such as an apartment). They don’t require much maintenance beyond brushing their silky coats regularly and feeding them 2-3 cups of food daily.
With a Bichon Frise, you will never have to worry about being alone. These dogs love to be around people and can bond very closely with their owners. They are a cheerful breed and always ready for some playtime or cuddling. They thrive in an active environment which means they need plenty of exercise on a daily basis. Without enough exercise, your dog may develop behavior issues such as excessive barking or chewing things up around the house.
Bichons also do well in apartments because they don’t require much room to move around. However, this doesn’t mean that you should ignore the Bichon’s need for exercise; it is important that you take him outside every day so he can relieve himself (this will also help keep the smell down). The best part about owning this breed is that they are great companions who love their owners unconditionally!
So, which one is for you? All of these breeds are great options if you’re looking for an emotional support dog. But don’t forget to do your research and make sure that the breed you choose will be a good fit with your lifestyle!