The pain of loss can feel overwhelming, but dogs could help people cope with grief. From Golden Retrievers to Newfoundlands, there are many wonderful therapy dog breeds that make healing companions for people going through the loss of a loved one.
“While dogs of any breed or origin can contribute to the well-being of their owners, certain dog breeds are particularly renowned for having a calm, loyal and loving disposition, which is incredibly comforting for those who are currently grieving” , said Bill Lambert of Dog club recount country life.
“Of course, it is important to note that the behavior and attitude of any dog depends on its training, socialization and individual personality.”
On that note, take a look at the therapy dog breeds that can help those who are grieving:
“This breed has vital instincts and as such has been one of man’s best friends for centuries. Gentle giants, Newfoundlands are also calm, patient and devoted,” Bill tells us.
2. Golden retriever
“The Golden Retriever is known to be an intelligent and incredibly affectionate dog who is very supportive of his owners. So much so that he also makes fantastic therapy dogs, providing emotional support to his two-legged counterparts.”
3. Staffordshire Bull Terrier
According to the Kennel Club, Staffordshire Bull Terriers are also great at helping those who are grieving.
“Often referred to as ‘nanny dogs’, they not only make wonderful pets, but can also provide a lot of emotional support to their owners, thanks to their sensitive and affectionate nature.”
4. Hungarian Vizsla
Bill tells CL: “Although known to be a lively breed, the Hungarian Vizsla is very affectionate, obedient and sensitive. They are known to have protective instincts and therefore tend to be incredibly devoted to their owners.”
Maltese dogs are also great for emotional support, giving their owners a boost of happiness when they’re feeling down. “Suitable for those looking for a smaller breed, sweet-tempered Maltese tend to bond easily with their owners, whom they like to pay attention to.”
6. Irish Greyhound
“The Irish Wolfhound is the largest of all the breeds and despite its size is gentle and calm – another truly gentle giant. Unfortunately the breed is classed as a vulnerable British breed due to its low annual numbers of records of puppies, but they are a kind and friendly dog, who can be a tremendous comfort to owners in difficult times.”
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