You may have a loved one who has recently been diagnosed with a mental health illness and you would like to show your support. You’ve read up on emotional support animals and you really think that your loved one can greatly benefit from getting one.
You have now decided to get an emotional support dog for him or her, but you are stuck with thinking about which one would be perfect for the task at hand. You cannot just get any dog that catches your eye because there are many things to consider before making a choice.
Check out some of the tips below to make it easier for you to choose which emotional support dog to get for your loved one.
- Research on the types of dog breed that you think will fit – there are thousands of breeds of dogs present in the world, and you need to research on which one would be the perfect fit. Read up on the usual dog breeds used as emotional support and find out about those dogs’ personalities and behavior.
- Consider the needs of your loved one – first of all, is your loved only diagnosed with mental illness? Does he or she have any other disability aside from that? Emotional support animals, whether dogs or cats, do not really need specialized training in order to be of help. But for other disabilities, the animal needs to have training. Check with your loved one if he or she has any special needs that their future dog can help them with.
- Consider his or her personality – you also need to know your loved one’s personality as you need to get a dog that he or she can actually enjoy spending time with. There are dogs that are independent while there are dogs that are very focused on humans and may require a lot of attention.
- Take into account the lifestyle of your loved one – does your loved one have a very active lifestyle? You may want to consider dogs that are bred for sports and are very agile. Your loved one would surely enjoy going for hikes, camping or even just running with their dog. But if that is not their personality, you may want to look for breeds that are more of a homebody. You also need to consider the people who are living with your loved one. Does anyone have any allergy to fur? Are there kids that may be hurt if the dog you get is too big?
- Make sure that the place you’re getting it from can really be trusted – don’t just get any animal you see in the pet shop. Even though most emotional support animals do not require special training to help your loved one, it would still be good to get the dog from trusted sources. Go here to find out how you can get an emotional support dog that has been certified.