Dogs are the most purest, beautiful, living beings filled with unconditional love. One can see it in their eyes, the way they're all over you as soon as you step inside the house; the way they wag their tail when they're happy; and the way they lie down on their backs waiting to be stroked. They ask for one thing and one thing only: love. You give them love and they will give you so much more in return.
According to the study, having the company of a pet dog make children less stressful as compared to the company of a parent or no company at all.
"Middle childhood is a time when children's social support figures are expanding beyond their parents, but their emotional and biological capacities to deal with stress are still maturing," said Darlene Kertes, Assistant Professor at the University of Florida, in the US.(Also read: 6 Types of Stress You Should Know About)
Image credit: IstockFurther, as per the reports, "children who actively solicited their dogs to come and be petted or stroked had lower levels of cortisol - a biological marker of the body's stress response - compared to children who engaged their dogs less," said Kertes. For the study, published in the journal Social Development, the team recruited approximately 100 pet-owning families and analysed children between the ages of 7 to 12 years.
Not only does the company of a dog make you relaxed when you're stressed, it's so much fun too, especially for kids. The partnership evolves overtime so beautifully and they become so well connected. Another advantage is that it makes the child a lot more physically active too, giving them a lot less time to dwell over things that could possibly bother them or stress them out.
Another study, published in the journal Animals showed that a family dog could help boost physical activity for kids with disabilities. In the study, the researchers found that the family dog led to a wide range of improvements for a 10-year-old boy with cerebral palsy - a congenital disorder of movement, muscle tone or posture - including physical activity as well as motor skills, quality of life and emotional, social and physical health.
"These initial findings indicate that we can improve the quality of life for children with disabilities, and we can get them to be more active," said Megan MacDonald, Assistant Professor at Oregon State University.Inputs from IANS