Family Dog Could Help Preschoolers Learn Social And Emotional Skills, Study Finds
CBS Sacramento 7/5/20
And during a pandemic when parents are especially crunched for time, it’s even harder to ensure that happens.
But one solution could be lying right at your feet, said a study published Sunday in the journal Pediatric Research. Owning, walking and playing with a family dog could encourage your toddler’s social and emotional development.
In fact, toddlers from dog-owning families who participated in the study were 30% less likely to have conduct and peer problems in comparison to preschoolers from families who didn’t own dogs, the researchers found. Even at this age, toddlers could indeed benefit from interacting with a pet while supervised.
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