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Man’s Best Friend: How Do ESAs Make You Feel Better?

Emotional support animals are a natural way to feel better

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Pets give us the love and support we need to help cope with psychological conditions.

Emotional support animals improve the lives of those with mental conditions like anxiety,
depression, PTSD, and OCD.  ESAs increase well-being and mental health and help people
cope with their disabilities.  Animals provide unconditional love and support.  No matter
how bad your day was, your dog will always be happy to see you when you come home.
Even just petting an animal reduces cortisol (the stress hormone) levels and is good for
heart health.  Learn more about how ESAs make you feel better.

You Feel Less Alone

Many people suffering from psychological conditions feel isolated and alone.  Those with
autism may have trouble connecting to other people.  When you’re depressed, it’s hard to
leave the house and have the energy to hold a conversation.  Dogs, cats, and other animals
ease the feelings of isolation without judgment or demanding questions. Your ESA ( maybe
you have heard the term emotional service dog?) is right there by your side no matter what, giving you love and support even if you feel like you don’t deserve it.

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Routine

Having an emotional support animal like a dog or cat helps keep you in a routine.  Dogs
require daily walks, forcing you to get out of the house even if you do not want to.  Find out the best dog breeds for social anxiety disorders. Dogs can help you interact with other
people and are great conversation starters.  Keeping a routine is great for stability and
reducing anxiety.  If you have depression, you have to put your ESA first and give them
exercise and attention.  Learn about the best ESA dog breeds for depression.

Stress Reduction

Animals make you smile, laugh, and reduce stress through happy brain chemicals like
oxytocin and reducing stress hormones like cortisol.  Dogs encourage exercise which helps
decrease stress and boosts mood.  Playing or just petting your pet is a natural stress
reliever.  Ever notice when you get home from a long, stressful day, you start to feel better
as soon as you give your pet some attention? It’s not magic; it’s science.

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Emotional support animals are a natural way to feel better.  Pets give us the love and
support we need to help cope with psychological conditions.  This love and support
increase mental health and well-being.  Emotional support animals help people feel less
alone and isolated from the world.  It can be easier to connect with animals than people
when you’re feeling down or have a condition that makes it hard to communicate your
feelings.

” Common Questions on how ESAs make you feel better? ”
” What does an ESA do? ”
” Do ESAs reduce stress? ”
” Why do ESAs make people with mental conditions feel better? “

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Even Your Dog Has Its Own Personality Traits

Dogs' personalities can also predict many important life outcomes suggesting that canines' personalities influence how close they feel to their owners, biting behaviour and even chronic illness.

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The findings showed that dogs and owners share specific personality traits indicating that extroverted humans rated their dogs as more excitable and active. Pixabay

Not only humans, but their canine friend too have moods and personality traits that shape how they react in certain situations, says a new study.

The study revealed that, like humans, dogs’ personalities are likely to change overtime.

Dogs’ personalities can also predict many important life outcomes suggesting that canines’ personalities influence how close they feel to their owners, biting behaviour and even chronic illness.

“When humans go through big changes in life, their personality traits can change. We found that this also happens with dogs and to a surprisingly large degree,” said lead author William Chopik Professor from Michigan State University in the US.

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Exposure to obedience classes to dogs and training were associated with more positive personality traits across the dog’s lifespan, Chopik suggested. Pixabay

“We expected the dogs’ personalities to be fairly stable because they don’t have wild lifestyle changes humans do, but they actually change a lot. We uncovered similarities to their owners, the optimal time for training and even a time in their lives that they can get more aggressive toward other animals,” said Chopik.

While older dogs are much harder to train, the right time to teach a dog obedience is around the age of six when it has crossed the puppy stage, but before it is too set in its ways, Chopik noted.

Exposure to obedience classes to dogs and training were associated with more positive personality traits across the dog’s lifespan, Chopik suggested.

The study, published in the Journal of Research in Personality, surveyed owners of more than 1,600 dogs, including 50 different breeds.

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A Cape Cod-style home, a simple, rectangular structure, in Cape Cod, Massachusetts. (Photo by Carol Highsmith). VOA

The findings showed that dogs and owners share specific personality traits indicating that extroverted humans rated their dogs as more excitable and active.

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Owners high in negative emotions rated their dogs as more fearful, active and less responsive to training.

Further, owners who rated themselves as agreeable rated their dogs as less fearful and less aggressive to people and animals. (IANS)