Study: Dogs Are More Effective Than Parents At Helping Children Cope With Stress

If you have a family, a pet dog might be a really good thing to have. A new study shows that dogs are better at helping children cope with stress than even parents are. University of Florida researchers looked at 100 families with kids between the ages of seven and 12 who owned a dog. After placing the children in a host of potentially stressful scenarios, their results indicated the youngsters were most relaxed when their dog was present – even more so than when a parent was in the room. The scientists explain that a dog acts as a “stress buffer” for children in times when they may feel pressure, such as before an exam or before having to speak in public. (Daily Mail