Study Shows Dogs Can Prevent Anxiety In Children

girl with dogParents concerned about the health and wellbeing of their children may want to get a puppy, as new research has revealed that youngsters who live at home with a dog have lower levels of anxiety.

Carried out by the Bassett Medical Center in New York, the study found that 12 per cent of children aged between six and seven who had a pet dog tested positive for clinical anxiety, compared to 21 per cent of those who did not have a pup at home, NBC News reports.

Lead author of the study Dr Anne Gadomski told the news source that there can be an incredibly strong bond between kids and their pets – and sometimes a child’s first word is actually the name of their pet.

“From a mental health standpoint, children aged seven to eight often ranked pets higher than humans as providers of comfort and self-esteem and as confidants… Because dogs follow human communicative cues, they may be particularly effective agents for children’s emotional development,” the researchers concluded in their report.

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