Sensitive dogs should never be expected to do the same things as confident, outgoing dogs. These dogs do not do well when too much is expected from them. Spend time reassuring them and showing them that even though they are a little unsure or feeling too much pressure, everything is going to be fine. There are plenty of activities that sensitive dogs can excel at while enjoying themselves in the process. Spend some time researching different activities for your sensitive dog and try a few before you decide which ones will be best suited for you.
An emotional support animal is not a service animal; instead, they are more like a therapy animal that stays with you to provide emotional support for a form of mental health disability. Emotional support dogs do not have any formal training but they should be well-mannered and able to go into places of business without causing a disturbance. People diagnosed with a mental health disability will need a certified letter from a licensed mental health professional to be able to take their dog with them as an emotional support dog. Take the time to educate yourself about emotional support dogs and learn where they are allowed; not every place of business allows emotional support animals.
Therapy dogs cannot be considered service dogs. Therapy dogs do not perform specific tasks for a disabled person in order for that person to be more independent. Therapy dogs simply go into places such as hospitals, nursing homes, and schools and provide emotional support to those they meet. The American Kennel Club (AKC) offers a Therapy Dog program where dogs can earn therapy dog titles depending on the number of successful visits they have made. Sensitive dogs make a better therapy dog than an overbearing dog. Sensitive dogs are more in tune with a person’s emotions and are more willing to cuddle up with a person and give them the love they are craving.
Sensitive dogs are not necessarily shy dogs; they simply are more in tune with the emotions of those around them. They are still dogs that enjoy spending time with you. One way to spend time with them and create a strong bond is to take them on daily walks so they can enjoy the exercise and fresh air. Make their walks interesting by not taking the same route every day and handing out treats throughout the walk.
If you are not interested in earning titles but know of a friend that is feeling poorly but adores dogs, you can take your dog for a visit. Allow your dog to spend time cuddling with a sick friend. This will relax your dog and give your friend something to look forward to each visit.
As your dog matures, their personality will change. Dogs that are sensitive may seem more clingy and needy; however, they simply can sense your moods and emotions and want to help in any way they can. There are activities that your sensitive dog can participate in that will give them the opportunity to give love and support to those in need. Check out the activities that are available in your area and decide which ones are best suited for you and your dog.