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Kids Relating to Dogs Saves the Day and Reduces Stress
Dr. Patricia A. Farrell -- Psychologist Dr. Patricia A. Farrell -- Psychologist
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Dateline: Tenafly, NJ
Friday, May 12, 2023

Dr. Patricia Farrell
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Everyone experiences higher levels of stress as a result of today’s demanding lifestyles; youngsters in particular are no strangers to this reality because they are subjected to scholastic and social expectations that make life more difficult. The world they are inheriting is going to be radically different even from the one we live in today. Planning for their future must be a priority.

Parents are looking for safe yet effective stress relief techniques for their children. One such technique may just be a pet dog. Recent studies show that their companionship helps reduce children’s levels of stress and can improve their overall well-being.

Dogs have long been regarded as man’s best friends, and for good reason: they are indispensable members of many households all over the world because of their unshakable loyalty, unconditional love, and constant companionship. Research and anecdotal evidence show that dogs can do even more, including assisting kids in better managing their stress and anxiety by fostering human-dog relationships that create calmer living conditions.

There is growing scientific data that shows canines can recognize human emotions and react properly. It seems simple activities like caressing one may lessen anxiety and tension, petting dogs appears to have a calming and relaxing effect that considerably lowers anxiety and stress for people of all ages. So, it’s not only kids who benefit from interactions with dogs.

There is also research studies that point to the benefits of children reading to their dogs, something that can also alleviate stress related to reading and schoolwork. “The evidence suggests that reading to a dog may have a beneficial effect on a number of behavioural processes which contribute to a positive effect on the environment in which reading is practiced, leading to improved reading performance.”

Dogs also offer youngsters social support, which is crucial in reducing stress. It was shown that children who formed tight ties with their pet dogs felt more secure and less worried than children who did not. With dogs offering that unconditional love and acceptance, children may feel safer as adolescents transition through this period of enormous change and uncertainty.

Not only do dogs offer emotional support, but they also encourage exercise, which has been found to lower stress levels. Children benefit from regular physical activity, such as playing fetch, jogging next to them, or taking nature walks, which reduces stress hormone (cortisol) levels and eases anxiety or depressive symptoms.

Dogs and other pets may naturally appeal to children, but not all families can afford to keep them. Many schools and community organizations now include therapy dog programs in their activities, and children who don’t own pets can benefit from the therapeutic potential of interacting with dogs. I’ve been to large nursing homes and hospitals where pets, dogs, and rabbits, in particular, were brought in. Residents who had been withdrawn suddenly came alive and were actively interested in holding or petting the animals. Children with autism also appear to have a positive relationship with animals.

However, having a dog offers youngsters advantages beyond just stress relief. According to studies, kids who own dogs tend to be more compassionate, responsible, and self-assured. Having one also promotes responsibility and enhances social abilities.

Overall, dogs provide youngsters with many unanticipated benefits that will assist them in surprising ways. In order to ensure that our children enjoy happier, healthier, and more fulfilling lives, it is vital for parents to acknowledge the significant role that animals play in their children’s lives and to consider adopting an animal for their households.

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