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We know, puppies can be a lot of work. They eat baseboards and bark at things like garbage bags and they need to be walked and fed several times a day. But they can also be your best friend — especially if you’re a kid.

Companionship and unconditional love aren’t the only reasons to start searching out a Fido or a Fifi either. Aside from some of the tried-and-true reasons having a dog in the family is a good idea (it teaches children responsibility, can help to avoid or break allergies and is a great snuggle buddy for movie nights or when they’re feeling down), a new study has given another reason to get a dog.

According to researchers, kids who have a dog are less likely to have anxiety than those who aren’t. Maybe it’s because dogs have been known to tear through shoes or break random things when running through the house, but for whatever reason, there’s a link between children having a dog and a lowered risk of clinical anxiety.

The study was conducted at the Bassett Medical Center in New York and looked at a total of 643 kids — a fairly small sample for a study of this type. Still, it found that children without a family dog tested positive for clinical anxiety 21 per cent of the time, compared to just 12 per cent of children with one.

Like we said, it’s a small study and there are plenty of other things to consider before getting any type of family pet — let alone a dog, which can be a 10-20 year commitment. So perhaps don’t rush out and adopt one. But, let us ask you: coupled with all of the benefits mentioned above, don’t you find it just so hard to resists these little faces?

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