Science Says You Should Get Your Kid That Puppy

Science Says You Should Get Your Kid That Puppy

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Tara Bellucci
Jan 16, 2016
(Image credit: Carolyn Purnell)

If you weren't already part of a pet family, you probably begged your parents for a furry pooch or fluffy kitten. Well, today's kids have more science to back up their arguments; Researchers at Tufts University found that children were "more confident and had stronger relationships with their families and peers" if they had a bond with an animal.

"Pets provide a nonjudgmental, emotionally supportive relationship, especially for kids who may be having difficulty in social situations or moving to a new social setting," says researcher Megan Kiely Mueller from Tufts Institute for Human-Animal Interaction.

The study focused on 600 children of military families, to see how having pets affected the kids' stress and coping skills.

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