A new study claims that children who grow up alongside dogs are more likely to have greater social and emotional health.
The report published by the University of Western Australia and Telethon Kids Institute polled 1,646 parents of children between the ages of 2 and 5. According to Fox News Lifestyle, the results were published in the journal Pediatric Research on Tuesday, disclosing that 42 percent (686) of households surveyed owned a dog.
Additionally, the report found that children who grow up around dogs were reportedly between 30 and 40 percent less likely to have problems with conduct or peers. The reports adds that these children also had 23 percent less total difficulties, and were 34 percent more apt to engage in pro-social behaviors than kids who do not have a dog.
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