Whether we want to believe it or not, owning a dog, or simply being around man's best friend, has a number of health benefits. See if you can separate fact from fiction.
A program in one Albuquerque, N.M., school found that dogs improved the reading skills of some special education students.
Studies showed that children had better attitudes toward other animals if those children had pets at home.
After spending about 30 minutes with a dog, children, and adults for that matter, begin to feel less anxious. That’s because the level of cortisol -- a hormone related to stress in humans -- decreases. In addition, being with a dog increases the body’s production of serotonin, a neurotransmitter associated with good emotional health.
Researchers say that all pet owners have lower levels of cholesterol and triglycerides compared to people who don't own a pet.
One study suggests that dog owners had a better survival rate one year after a heart attack as opposed to cardiac victims who didn’t own a dog.
Many people claim that dogs help autistic children communicate better and concentrate longer. Studies are now underway to see whether dogs can impact the behavior of autistic children.
Researchers say when children grow up in a home with a dog or cat they are less likely to develop allergies. That’s because the allergens carried by these furry animals bolster the child’s immune system. The same holds true for growing up with farm animals.
About one in three dogs has this ability. The dogs can alert a parent when a drop in their child’s glucose level is about to happen. Once the dog sounds the alert, the child has enough time to eat a snack to bolster the glucose level.
This is so not true. Kids with ADHD are encouraged to own a dog because the child not only learns responsibility, but also can release pent up energy playing and walking the dog.
Seizure dogs are trained to bark and alert parents when an epileptic child is having a seizure.
One study shows that children with dogs spend an average of 325 minutes doing physical activity per day. That’s 11 minutes more than those without dogs. Another study says teens with dogs are more active than teens without a dog.
First-grader Marc Oliviere did not make a peep in school or at home. Doctors diagnosed his condition as “selective mutism.” Then one day a therapy dog named “Boo” visited the class and Marc could not wait to tell his parents what he saw in school.
Certain studies conclude that children with dogs cope better with death than children who do not have pets.
Although it's no substitute for weight loss and exercise, studies showed that children and adults can lower their blood pressure by petting a dog.
Many therapists encourage their patients to interact with animals. Taking care of a pet allows a depressed person to feel better about the way they spend their time.
A dog is a conversation piece that barks. Pet owners have a tendency to meet and talk to other pet owners.
A study published in the journal Psychoneuroendocrinology found that dogs help autistic children develop social skills.
One study from Loyola University found that surgery patients who interacted with pets, including dogs, needed less pain medication than those who did not interact with the animals.
Researchers say children ages 5 to 7 who have a pet attend school three weeks more per year on average than those who don’t have pets.
Researchers at the State University of New York at Buffalo found that when faced with a stressful situation, people felt better when their pets were with them as opposed to when a spouse, family member or close friend was nearby.