Since the dawn of time, animals have been documented as being companions of humankind. They just have this innate, intangible quality about them that draws us near and makes us feel good. This seems to be especially true when it comes to a child’s connection with animals. Many people are familiar with Service Animals that can provide tremendous benefits for a child with disabilities or medical conditions like blindness, epilepsy, or hearing impairments. But for those dealing with more invisible mental health disabilities, would my child benefit from an Emotional Support Animal?
If you are considering training a Service Dog to help with your mental health disability, there are some key details you will need to work out. Perhaps one of the most pressing is that of which breed will best serve your mental health needs. There are four specific breeds, known as the “Fab Four,” that hold the best Service Dog compatibility title. These breeds are Labrador Retrievers, Golden Retrievers, Standard Poodles, and Collies. What makes them the best Psychiatric Service Dog breeds?
Dog owners have already experienced that loving a pet is extremely beneficial to mental health. Similarly raising plants has been known to reduce stress and promote calm, relaxation, and feelings of wellness. Therefore it’s no surprise that pet and plant ownership often go hand in hand. But some plants can be harmful and even fatal to your sweet pup. Before you bring plant babies home to meet your furry baby, read our top 10 toxic plants to avoid if you are a dog owner.
In between sipping on my morning coffee and taking in this incredible scene, I reflect on a conversation I had with a good friend yesterday. We’ve been friends for over ten years, so even on a quick, fun getaway, we still bypass small talk and get right to the good stuff. We got into the topic of anxiety. I live and cope with it regularly but wasn’t aware she had experienced it her whole life. It is incredible how much less lonely knowing someone else understands can make one feel. I was humbled as I listened to her ongoing journey with anxiety.
*Estimated Read Time: 8 min, 32 sec. The cats vs dogs saga is a tail as old as time. Which is the superior breed of pet? There is much opinion on the matter, and so the debate rages onward. Cats and dogs both make wonderful companions in their own distinct ways. If you are curious which species would be best suited to meet your particular emotional support needs, read on!
*Estimated Read Time: 7 min, 25 sec. If you’ve got a new canine companion, there are some important things you should know about how to achieve that longed-for BFF status. Before you buy colored string to make matching friendship bracelets, you may want to take note of these tried and true methods to get your dog to trust. Once you’ve earned his trust, the love and respect will follow close behind.
*Estimated Read Time: 6 min, 7 sec. Dogs calm anxiety simply by being present. It’s no secret that dogs offer unconditional love along with endless amounts of hugs and kisses. The simple act of petting a dog is scientifically proven to lower blood pressure, decrease heart rate, and release serotonin (the happy hormone).
*Estimated Read Time: 6 min, 45 sec. Florida also follows the ADA definitions of ESAs. They recognize that an Emotional Support Animal is a vital component in treating some emotional and mental conditions. You can’t just slap a sticker on Fido’s vest and call him your ESA. Keep reading to learn how to qualify your pet as an ESA in Florida.
*Estimated Read Time: 7 min, 5 sec. If you find yourself needing assistance to deter or manage the physical and psychological manifestations of your disability, a Psychiatric Service Dog (PSD) may be an excellent fit for you! But maybe you’re asking yourself: What tasks can a psychiatric service dog be trained to perform?
Good communication and mutual understanding are the backbones of any successful relationship, but how the heck do you build a long-lasting and healthy relationship with your dog? While we can’t listen to their thoughts, you should be able to start answering “what is my dog feeling?” by paying attention to his body language.