Here's Another Reason to Have A Puppy: Children With Dogs Suffer From Less Anxiety

By Pamela Bonds Nov 25, 2016

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Puppies are great for people with asthma and allergies as owning these fluffballs boosts people’s immune systems. A new study from Bassett Medical Center (note the appropriate name of the facility) says that only 12 percent of kids who had a dog showed positive signs of anxiety. This compared to 21 percent for kids who didn’t have a dog.
Dogs may even have better mental health benefits than formal therapies provided by mental health professionals. This is especially true for kids from ages 7 to 8. Pets help kids socialize with their peers by serving as a conversation point. Pets, especially dogs, also respond to nonverbal cues from humans, and that could lead to dogs helping kids to relax during stressful situations.
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The emotional quotient of dogs is the reason why they make great therapy animals or service animals for children. Combine the intense training of a dog with the natural responses to human emotions, and you have a perfect companion for kids that provides physical and emotional support. Dogs can supply hours of happiness for children even if they aren’t specially trained.
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What does this mean? Dogs help children lead happier lives. The habits developed in childhood may even spill over into adulthood. Federal health officials suggest adults get dogs to help maintain healthy weights with exercise. People who walk dogs outside burn more calories throughout the day.
Source: Nbcnews
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