There is evidence that the presence of a friendly dog, not necessarily your own pet, or even a dog you’ve met before, can lower blood pressure and reduce stress when reading. This relaxation effect has been found for adult and child readers. Moreover, studies has shown that children with pets, usually dogs or cats, perceive these animals as important sources of emotional support, underscoring the way animals are nonjudgmental, accepting, and affirming.
|Publication Title||Psychology Today|
|Publisher||Sussex Publishers, LLC|
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