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Socialization can help dogs age healthier, study finds


A new study has found that social interaction is beneficial for both human and canine health. The study, which was led by Noah Snyder-Mackler, an associate professor at Arizona State University. He looked at data from over 21,000 dogs and found that those who had more social interactions with humans, also other pets, tended to live longer and healthier lives than those who did not.

The researchers believe that social interaction helps to reduce stress and anxiety in both humans and dogs, which can lead to a number of health benefits, including a stronger immune system, lower blood pressure, and a reduced risk of obesity. They also believe that social interaction helps to keep both humans and dogs mentally stimulated, which can help to prevent cognitive decline.

The link between social interaction and health

The study’s findings suggest that it is important for both humans and dogs to have regular social interactions. This can be done by taking dogs to dog parks, puppy classes, or other places where they can interact with other dogs and people. Humans can also benefit from social interaction by spending time with friends and family, joining clubs or groups, or volunteering.

“This link between our social environments and our health extends to many social animals. Animals with stronger social relationships live longer, healthier lives.”

The researchers believe that the benefits of pet ownership are due to a number of factors, including the physical activity that comes with owning a pet, the social support that pets provide, and the stress-reducing effects of petting and interacting with animals.

The Role of Social Factors

The findings suggest that pet ownership can be a beneficial part of a healthy lifestyle. If you are considering getting a pet, the study suggests that it may be a good decision for your health.

The analysis is narrowed down to five key factors that can affect a dog’s well-being: neighborhood stability, household income, social time with children, social time with animals, and owner age.

The study found that dogs who lived in households with financial difficulties and other stressors had poorer health than dogs who lived in more stable households. It was also found that dogs who had more social interaction, such as living with other dogs, had better health. However, the researchers did not quantify the impact of these factors on lifespan.

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