Dogs Can Help Reduce Stress in Children: What to Know
Spending time with dogs can help reduce stress in children.
That’s according to a new
The study examined stress levels in children in the United Kingdom before and after spending 20 minutes with a trained dog and professional handler. The sessions were twice a week for four weeks.
The results were compared with a control group of children who didn’t spend time with dogs and a group who practiced meditation instead.
Researchers said the children who spent time with dogs showed significantly lower cortisol (stress hormone) levels after their interactions than either the control or meditation group. This was the case in both mainstream and special educational needs schools.
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