Owning dogs are a very good way to work through your stress. These domestic animals work as very good stress busters due to their friendliness. Walking or playing with a dog may as well help your children throughout their emotional and social development. A recent research study shows that dog-owning households have a much better emotional wellbeing of their children. This is mainly due to the unconditional love they receive from these lovely pets.
The research was published in the Paediatric Research Journal. A team of researchers at the University of Western Australia and Telethon Kids Institute utilized questionnaire data from 1,646 households that included children aged two to five years. This research helped them understand a lot of patterns.
Owning dogs are good for your children
The researchers found that, after taking children’s age, sex, sleep habits, screen time, and parents’ education levels into account, children from dog-owning households were 23 % less likely to have overall difficulties with their emotions and social interactions than children who did not own dogs. Children from dogs-owning households were 30 % less likely to engage in antisocial behaviors, 40 % less likely to have problems interacting with other children, and were 34 % more likely to engage in inconsiderate behaviors, such as sharing.
Among children from dog-owning households, those who joined their family on dog walks at least once a week were 36 % less likely to have poor social and emotional development than those who walked with their family dog less than once per week.
Further research should assess the potential influence of owning different types of pets or the influence that children’s attachment to their pets may have on child development. Let us know what you have to say about this in the comments section below! Also, don’t forget to join us on our Telegram Channel for more such latest updates and discussions.
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