Best Service Dog Breeds For PTSD And Anxiety

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By helloBARK!
Updated on 10 October 2022

Are you looking to find the best service dog breeds that can be a companion for someone struggling with ptsd and anxiety?

If you’re looking for a service dog, there are a couple of breeds that will likely come to mind straightaway.

Indeed, the Golden Retriever and the Labrador Retriever are two of the quintessential examples of dog breeds that can excel as service dogs.

In this article, we speak to four experts who will share their recommendations for the best service dog breeds for ptsd and anxiety.

With the introduction complete, let’s get started on our feature on the best servide dog breeds for ptsd and anxiety.

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel (Photo: Adobe Stock)

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel (Photo: Adobe Stock)

A service dog doesn’t need to be big in size. Cavaliers are easygoing, affectionate, and easily trainable. They were bred to be companion dogs, and their smaller size and only low to moderate exercise needs make them good for someone less active or living in a small space.

Suggested by Dr. Megan Conrad, DVM at Hello Ralphie

Labrador Retriever

Labrador Retriever (Photo: Adobe Stock)

Labrador Retriever (Photo: Adobe Stock)

Labrador’s as well as many rescue dogs have endless energy and one of those personalities that love attention. Another good thing about Labradors is that if they are often seen as service dogs, so they are welcome in all types of places. When dealing with PTSD or anxiety being able to take the dog into various stores and businesses will reduce any anxious thoughts.

Adopting a dog that has endless energy coupled with a friendly personality can provide someone with anxiety an outlet. That outlet will be filled by giving the dog daily exercise, hikes, and trips to local parks. Focusing on the needs of others whether it’s a dog or human or other pet, has been proven to reduce anxiety. This is why selecting a friendly dog that is excited to get out and have fun, will have a lasting effect on their humans anxieties.

Suggested by Diana Ludwiczak, CEO of Wolfies.Place

Golden Retriever

Golden Retriever (Photo: Adobe Stock)

Golden Retriever (Photo: Adobe Stock)

A service dog is a dog that has been specially trained to help people with disabilities by performing specific tasks. There are many different service dog breeds that can be used for a variety of disabilities, but there are some breeds that are particularly useful for people with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and anxiety.

Some of these breeds include, but are not limited to, Golden Retrievers and Labradors. These dogs help their owners by providing them with constant companionship and support. These breeds are typically medium to large in size and have a calm temperament. They also typically have a high tolerance for noise and tend to be easy to train.

There are many different types of service dog breeds that can help you out with your daily life. When choosing a service dog breed, it is important to consider their personality and how they would fit into your life.

Suggested by Aaron Rice, Expert Dog Trainer At Stayyy

Poodle

Standard Poodles are also a good choice for this type of service dog, for the most part. This breed is smart and can be easily trainable. They also adapt well to different situations. The one drawback is that their coat will need more maintenance than some other breeds.

Suggested by Dr. Megan Conrad, DVM at Hello Ralphie

German Shepherd

German Shepherd lying down (Photo: Adobe Stock)

German Shepherd lying down (Photo: Adobe Stock)

The German Shepherd is a strong breed that’s tough and has a natural instinct for protection. Most people with German Shepherd service dogs feel calm around them because of the loyalty and love this breed projects to their owner.

Suggested by Dr. Sabrina Kong, DVM at WeLoveDoodles

Pitbulls

Pitbull mix stares anxiously at owner (Photo: Adobe Stock)

Pitbull mix stares anxiously at owner (Photo: Adobe Stock)

Pitbulls often make great emotional support animals. However, there is a negative perception of this breed that you should be aware of. Many people fear pit bulls, which results in negative feedback from the media.

Pitbulls were considered Nanny dogs in earlier days. They have solid emotional intelligence, meaning they respond to their owner’s emotional state. They also are dependable and have a high pain drive that can take some tasks better than other dogs.

Suggested by Dr. Megan Conrad, DVM at Hello Ralphie

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