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Why Your Family Really Needs That Puppy

Dogs, which are already shown to reduce rates of allergies and asthma, may provide kids with yet another benefit: reducing anxiety. Researchers say a new study shows kids who live in a home with a pet dog score far lower on clinical measures of anxiety.

It’s a small study, focusing on 643 kids between 6 and 7. But the team at Bassett Medical Center in New York found that just 12 percent of children with pet dogs tested positive for clinical anxiety, compared to 21 percent of children without a dog.

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