Using Animals For Emotional Support


All of us need time on our own away from the world and other people to recharge our minds and wind down. There are also those which spend the majority of time alone due to emotional or psychological disability’s which prevent them from interacting properly with other people, this prevents them from going outside as they have no reason to and they tend to become very lonely, this is why emotional support animals are available!

What these people have found is animals can provide enough interaction and friendship to support their day-to-day lives, especially those with social anxiety and other emotional disabilities.

What Is An Emotional Support Animal

In my view there are two kinds of emotional support animals, there are those that you can purchase from a pet shop or a reputable store, then there are those that are actually trained to deal with certain emotions a human shows. This mean that just by the very presence, it mitigates the emotional and psychological symptoms associated with the owners condition or disorder, these animals soothe their owners upsets.

They are their friend and companion, they also help cope with a lot of stress and emotional upset, this means it is less difficult to cope with day-to-day issues. These animals do not have to undergo the high training that guard dogs or blind dogs need because dogs especially, have the ability to read human emotions, therefore they do not require large amounts of training.

Let’s See What Is Possible….

Some psychiatric disorders can be so severe that it interferes with a person to live a normal life and basic ability to function and survive on their own, with a little more training it is possible for certain dogs to…

  • Finding – These animals are trained to find a special place or a certain person, for example, they are trained to navigate around crowded areas and locate the exits – such as if the handler is having an anxiety or panic attack.
  • Searching – If the person has anxiety about entering certain establishments such as local shops, businesses or certain rooms in their home, the dog will enter and search all of the rooms and spaces – if the dog finds someone they will bark to warn the owner.
  • Interruption –  An obsessive-compulsive owner can be helped by the dog, since the dog can detect when the owner is doing something that is repetitive, this means the dog will act on this and redirect the owner to help them onto more productive tasks, like brushing the dog.
  • Help – When their owners are having a serious panic attack, the dog will be trained to direct help to the owner via a signal that the owner must give – this brings help to the owner.

There are so many options when going for an emotional support animal and they really do help people – they help many to get out of their homes and walk with their dogs. Thousands of people from all over the world are reaching out for this type of support.

Additional Support

Animal Support For Anxiety –, A real good article I found on-line about animals for Anxiety support.

Emotional Support Animal Letter –, For those with landlords that do not allow pets.

Emotional Support Animal – Wikipedia, for more reading about Emotional Support Animals.