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What effect does owning a dog have on anxiety?

Dawn Marcus
Neurology
Interacting with a dog is a great stress reliever, resulting in relaxation and reduced anxiety. In one study, anxiety was measured in college students. Anxiety levels dropped by about ten percent when the students were allowed to pet and talk to a dog. Dogs also provide a buffer against bad health effects from stress. Dog owners are less likely to need attention for medical complaints during times of stress compared with non-owners.
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