Frank The Emotional Support Dachshund Helps Arnold The Weimaraner Overcome Anxiety

Emotional Support Animals (ESA) are becoming more common these days, but we usually think of them supporting humans through mental health struggles.

However, an adorable pairing in Perth, Australia is proving just how powerful a supportive friend can be when trauma and anxiety leaves you struggling.

Arnold is a two-year-old Weimaraner who has struggled with extreme anxiety following an attack by a German shepherd when he was a puppy.

He already struggled with separation anxiety and the attack left him skittish and afraid around large dogs — even though he's a big dog now too.

When Arnold's human, Carolyn Manalis, had a friend looking for a home for a miniature Dachshund named Frank, she decided to adopt him.

Though he's more than 60 pounds smaller than Arnold, Frank has the confidence of a big dog and the friendliness to match.

Frank's outgoing nature helps Arnold come out of his shell more.

He sees that if Frank confidently greets other dogs or humans without getting hurt, maybe he can say hello too.

"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," Carolyn told The Sun.

Since Frank joined the family, the pair is pretty much inseparable.

"Having a little friend to play with has been the perfect therapy for Arnold to heal. 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’re okay."

Since their humans have gone back to work post-lockdown, Arnold has struggled again with his separation anxiety, but Frank is always there to help him through the worst of it.

If you'd like to share in their journey, you can follow them on Instagram @arnoldandfrank.

h/t: The Sun

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