Weimaraner with anxiety gets therapy Dachshund and finally feels supported
In an unlikely coupling there is a great deal of love and support. But this pair of Australian dogs shares more than just love. Meet the world’s first support dog for a dog.
Published on the 26/09/2020, 14:00
When Arnold the Weimaraner was but a puppy he was badly mauled by a German Shepherd. Arnold’s owner Carolyn Manalis noticed that despite recovering physically from the attack, Arnold still suffered mentally.
Arnold became reserved and nervous around other dogs, especially big dogs. The psychological scars were slow to heal, and despite Ms Manalis giving him all the support she could, Arnold’s anxiety grew.
In due course Manalis considered the possibility that Arnold could do with a friend and companion. She decided to adopt Frank, a friendly Miniature Dachshund.
Today the two dogs are not just the best of friends, they are inseparable, and Frank’s role as a support dog has worked wonders for Arnold’s mental health.
Speaking to Unilad Manalis said, “The bond these two dogs have is just insanely beautiful. They are so connected and loving and supportive of one another.
“If one ever cries, the other one is there in half a second to check they are OK. Their love is unconditional, regardless of their size or breed.”
Road to recovery
Thanks to Dachshund Frank, Arnold is now well on the way to recovering from his nasty ordeal. The difference is astounding and may pave the way for others who own dogs in need of help.
Watch also: Watch: Dachsie puppies get emotional when they realise they’re to be separated
Frequently asked questions
Where does the Weimaraner come from?
This beautiful gun-dog originally came from the court of the Grand Duke of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach, Karl August in the city of Weimar.
Learn more about the elegant and proud Weimaraner.
Can dogs really get anxious?
Dogs feel anxiety in much the same way as any other animal. Anxiety is caused by the body’s readiness to fight or to flee.
Here are some pointers on how to calm down a nervous dog
How do I know if my dog is nervous?
A nervous dog will cower and tuck its tail between its legs. It may also lick its lips excessively.
Learn here how to prevent a dog’s nervousness.