For many of us, dogs are the cutest members of our family. They have so many different personalities and can really add a lot of joy and charm to our day. So it should come as no surprise that they’re also a positive influence on children.
While it’s important for all children to know how to interact with dogs in a healthy way, children who own a dog often learn these safety lessons early on. Most dogs can be very friendly, but like people, they’re all a little different. And it’s important to make sure they keep a safe distance around animals they’re unfamiliar with. But when kids feel comfortable enough to work with an animal, their personalities can actually improve.
The study was officially done by the University of Western Australia and the Telethon Kids Institute. It focused on children from the ages of 2 to 5. The study found that the participants who owned dogs at home “had a reduced likelihood of conduct and peer problems, as well as increased pro-social behaviors such as sharing and cooperating,” per People
It really makes you think, especially since there isn’t much we share with dogs. Except for, of course, a love of life.
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