Study: Having a Dog Reduces Anxiety in Kids


Dogs can help kids form bonds and can even affect brain chemistry according to the study.
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It’s been common knowledge for years that having dogs in the house can make a child less likely to develop certain allergies. But did you know that having a dog may also have significant positive psychological effects, as well. I’m sure you did, but a recent study carried out at Bassett Medical Center in New York shows that anxiety, in particular, is reduced in homes that feature at least one pooch :

Their findings showed that the children with a dog at home had lower anxiety scores than those who did not. The researchers noted that 21% of the children who had a high DartScreen score did not have a dog at home, whereas 12% of the children whose anxiety levels could be considered high, did have a dog.

The article below goes on to try to explain why having a dog helps, as researchers continue to try to understand the mechanisms involved. Whatever the reasons, those of us with dogs know that our stress and anxiety can be relieved via a few minutes of canine cuddling. . . .

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