Over the past few years, “emotional support animal” has become an everyday term, thanks to animals’ abilities to connect with us and help reduce stress. Different from service animals – which have different legal accommodations and are required to be trained – emotional support animals are prescribed by mental health professionals to help lessen symptoms of certain disorders by providing comfort to their humans.
Well, just like humans, this dog is finding comfort in his emotional support animal.
Two-year-old Arnold is a Weimaraner in Australia with separation anxiety. To make life more challenging for the guy, poor Arnold had an altercation with a larger dog when he was a puppy further heightened his anxiety.
His mom, Carolyn Manalis, wanted to find a way to help his fear and anxiety but wasn’t sure how. A friend introduced Manalis and Arnold to Frank, a miniature dachshund that was up for adoption and just the right size for the family.
Arnold loved Frank’s chipper demeanor and the confidence Frank has helps Arnold dig deep down to discover his own confidence.
“Frank has helped Arnold regain his confidence to be able to play and wrestle, whilst learning that this doesn’t always mean he’s going to get hurt or attacked,’ Manalis told MetroUK. ‘Having a little friend to play with has been the perfect therapy for Arnold to heal.”
By having Frank around, Arnold is able to nurture him like a parent, thanks to Frank’s small size.
“Arnold taught Frank how to be house trained, how to bark at intruders, how to chase a ball, how to stand and wait to have his collar and leash put on, how to sit and wait before crossing the road. Everywhere Arnold walks, Frank will follow,” Manalis said in the MetroUK interview. “The bond these two dogs have is just insanely beautiful. ‘They are so connected and loving and supportive of one another.”