A new study just confirmed that compared to young children without dogs, those who had them were less likely to have behavior problems or problems relating to peers. After polling over 1,500 parents of kids between ages 2 and 5, the kids who had dogs in the home were found to also be more inclined to share and cooperate. Good news for parents, too! It’s time to give your kid a chore: those who helped walk the dog had a 74% increase in prosocial behavior (intent to benefit others).
Read more on this study here.