Does an emotional support dog help with anxiety?

Should I get an emotional support dog for my daughter? We are relocating internationally and my oldest kid is using my younger one as an emotional crutch.

Please don’t kill me.

3 replies
  1. Penelope Trunk
    Penelope Trunk says:

    The move will be very hard on the girls. A dog is a good idea. Increasingly I’m thinking that everyone with autism should have an emotional support dog. I don’t think I’d have any schedule at all without a dog. My son’s most effective emotional regulation tool is our dog. And the more I read about executive function the more I see that other than running intervals, being responsible for a dog gives the best boost to executive function. So I guess yeah, a dog is a good idea. Make sure the dog is really well trained before you get it. We bought a puppy. That was insane.


  2. Yvette
    Yvette says:

    Hmm. I’ve been debating about getting another pet, after our family cat died, but it’s been a few years and we’re moving again and this time to a place with a fenced in yard. The “family” all thinks it would be good for me, somehow, but I know I’m the one who will do almost all of the care, so I’ve been reluctant. Still, the positives may outweigh the negatives. Thanks.

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