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Dogs That Can Help Anxiety

Countless studies show that pets can effectively lower heart rates, regulate blood pressure, and help people.

Dogs generally hit the top spot when it comes to reducing anxiety. Not only do they offer unconditional love and affection, but those waggling tails and face kisses can’t help bring happiness and joy to everyone they meet!

What’s more, many people find having a dog around the house reassuring. Having a pet who will intimidate invaders or simply notify you if someone approaches the house can be highly effective at making you feel safer.

If you’re thinking about getting a dog to help with your anxiety or any other condition, these top breeds should give you a starting point.

Big Dogs

Big dogs are wonderful companions. They are great at providing comfort and can also offer a sense of security both at home and on walks. If you’re considering getting a large dog, remember they will need plenty of stimulation and exercise, as well as lots of food and (of course) plenty of love!


Poodles are often characterized as smart, friendly, and optimistic, making them excellent companions for anxiety sufferers as they can’t help but be uplifted by such a happy pup! Poodles are also hypoallergenic as they shed very little or no hair and dander, making them perfect for allergy sufferers.


Labrador and golden retrievers alike are wonderful support animals. With easy ‘smiles’ and naturally gentle and happy natures, retrievers tend to make brilliant pets for everyone, from babies to the elderly. You’ll often find retrievers working happily in service roles or as therapy dogs. They’re also really eager to please and (usually) easy to train.

Great Pyrenees

The AKC describes Great Pyrenees as “calm, patient, and smart,” making them excellent companions for reducing anxiety. These dogs do get big, though, with males reaching up to 100lbs, so please be sure you have plenty of space before considering adding a Great Pyrenees to your family!

Great Danes

Great Danes can stand up to 3 feet tall at the shoulder, so these huge animals should provide plenty of security to their owners. They’re also described as calm, confident dogs with plenty of love and affection to offer.

Small Dogs

Small dogs can offer just as many anxiety-reducing benefits as their larger cousins, with the added benefit of being small enough to carry around in a purse or cuddle up with on your lap! If you’re looking at adding a small dog to your family, you might want to consider a dog ramp (like this one: ) to help your pup cuddle up on the couch or bed with you without injuring their joints or muscles.

Yorkshire Terriers

Yorkshire Terriers are renowned for forming strong bonds with their owners and are happiest when you’re close by or, better yet, showering them with love and affection. These small pups have a “rough-and-tumble” personality that can be incredibly uplifting.


These fluffy creatures are wonderful pets who will want to lavish you with love and entertainment 24/7. They will happily come with you anywhere and everywhere, although you might want to invest in some sort of carrier as their little legs can get tired!

Pomeranians do require socialization, as they can be distrusting of strangers and children. That said, they are considered to be reasonably easy to train compared to many other tiny dogs!

Bichon Fraises

Bichon Fraise pups are considered one of the friendliest dog breeds that are sure to give you plenty of smiles and help you get out of your comfort zone. While their big puppy-dog eyes and wagging tails will welcome everyone they meet, they are incredibly loyal pups who will always prefer your company.

They’re also pretty simple to train, although they can require some elaborate grooming… So be sure trips to the puppy spa are incorporated into your budget! They’re also suitable for allergy sufferers with similar fur to poodles.

King Charles Spaniel

The King Charles Spaniel was actively bred to be a lap dog, so it should come as no surprise to see them here. Their calm, consistent, loving natures make King Charles Spaniels excellent companions for people living with anxiety, and they’re also commonly considered wonderful first-time dogs.

Emotional Support Dogs

It’s important to remember that even if you’ve got a dog to help reduce your anxiety, this doesn’t automatically make them an “emotional support dog.” If you’re looking for a pup to perform therapy work with you or another person, you must be clear about this from the outset.

Any of the dogs we’ve mentioned in this article make excellent companions for any individual, and it’s definitely not a comprehensive list of all the dog breeds that can help reduce anxiety!

Be sure that whatever breed you pick, you’ve done plenty of research to ensure you’re able to help them as much as we’re sure they’ll help you.

Originally posted 2021-01-27 16:55:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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