Best Dogs For Anxiety
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Initially, a list of the best dogs for anxiety might seem like a gimmick, but a wide variety of research has long demonstrated that having a canine friend can help us improve our mental health.

Some anxiety is good and protective, but the increase of anxiety disorders is characterized by feelings of concern or fear that do not subside. If you’re feeling overwhelmed by these sensations, having a dog by your side is a great way to alleviate some of your tension.

There is scientific evidence to support the idea that playing with a dog or petting one can have a positive effect on the brain’s serotonin and dopamine levels as well as encourage us to move more, both of which have been demonstrated to help alleviate anxiety.

In addition to lowering blood pressure and stress, dogs can also help alleviate melancholy, anxiety, and PTSD in humans. Stop by BetterHelp to learn more about the effects of anxiety on the body. 

Bichon Frise

Once their antics have worn them out, Bichon Frise dogs are happy to snuggle up to you on your lap after a long day of playtime and mischief.

This dog loves to make its owners laugh and cuddle with them, so they’re the perfect bundle in our book: cheerful, energetic, and affectionate.

Because of their curly coats, they’ll likely require more daily maintenance than other breeds. They also run very fast for their size, and will not always listen to directions when distracted by anything intriguing to them, so it’s best to keep them on a leash when out and about. 

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Yorkshire Terrier

If you’re looking for a small dog with a lot of personality, go no further than the Yorkshire Terrier.

They’re like a superb wine, complex and full-bodied, utterly lovely both inside and out. They’re always a popular dog breed because of their combination of independent and sassy personality traits, as well as their great loyalty and devotion.

The Yorkie will have a strong attachment to you and follow you around everywhere you go. You don’t have to worry about a thing when it comes to teaching this little dog because it’s so eager to please and craves attention.


Even the most stoic person will be charmed by the Pug’s funny antics and charming and devoted disposition.

The Pug has a striking appearance that further enhances its appeal, with its wide glittering eyes and expressive features. They’re curious and goofy, yet they have a laid-back vibe that makes them great for relieving tension.

Considering this breed is prone to health and grooming issues and suffers from separation anxiety when away from their families, you’ll want to make sure you have enough time to attend to their demands.

Here’s everything you need to know about Pugs:

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, with its huge chocolate brown eyes and kind and loving demeanor, offers up an entirely different twist to the phrase ‘man’s best friend’.

Whether you’re looking for a lapdog or a dog to accompany you on your daily jog, this friendly and cuddly pooch is the best choice.

Known for its eagerness to please and desire to be near their owners, the Cavie will shower you with adoration and expect that you will do the same for them. The only thing you need to keep in mind while getting one of these dogs is that they do not do well being left alone.


The adorable Chihuahua may be one of the world’s tiniest dogs, but when it comes to their true love, they are eternally devoted to them and will often follow them everywhere, posing as a tiny shadow.

It’s a common misconception that this independent and lively small breed is snooty and bad-tempered, and. But when it comes to their loved ones, this is not the case at all.

These dogs are fearless, loyal, self-assured, and brave, and they are increasingly being employed as therapy dogs due to their openness and willingness to cuddle. It’s hard to go wrong with a Chihuahua as a canine companion who will stick by your side no matter what comes up in your life.

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