Later last year San Francisco 49s adopted a French Bulldog for their players to deal with emotional stress, anxiety and depression. This was a revolutionary approach to dealing with football players stress and anxiety from playing the game.
Emotional support animals are a very common licensure to get for your pet. If you notice that you have been receiving emotional support from your animal, having your pet become an official ESA can grant you access to bringing your pet with you to many places.
Austin Moss, the director of player engagement for the 49ers, adopted Zoe in 2018. Since she already was visiting the players throughout their experience, she started her work long before she officially became their official Emotional Support Animal.
What Is An Emotional Support Dog?
The players often rely on Zoe to brighten their day at practice and on the field. The cute little french bulldog acts as a stress reliever and a way for players to detox from the field.
Zoe has played an integral part in helping players to relax and has proof on Instagram to back it up. Many of the players take and post pictures with her, as they are getting their head out of the game.
There are so many famous people with Emotional Support Animals these days. The list of people ranges from singers and actresses, to Instagram Celebrities. One thing that is for sure is these Emotional Support Dogs are doing really good work for their humans.
Why Would You Need An Emotional Support Animal?
Animals provide a sense of comfort in many people’s lives. The act of taking care of another person or thing, requires a part of the brain that de-activates stress. Recognizing pain or struggle in something else, and helping to relieve it, in-turn, relieves our own stress.
While many owners of dogs, might think “I don’t need my dog, to do daily activities” many dog owners do. Anxiety about leaving one’s house, to social interactions with other humans, can all be eased by owning a dog. A dog can become a tool for owners to engage in normal activities that otherwise would be paralyzing.
Because the use of an Emotional Support Dog is protected by HIPPA and the American Disabilities Act, owners can experience the health benefits in peace. The added benefit of Zoe to the 49ers team, has been such an improvement in after practice de-stressing. The team has seen improved health and confidence in their players.