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Family dogs sync behavior to children

Dogs synchronize their behavior with that of children in their household and form strong bonds that can help children with social development, anxiety management and physical activity, a study in Animal Cognition found. The dogs in the study synchronized their behavior with children less often than dogs in studies involving adults, suggesting that dogs may view children as social companions, but the findings nonetheless suggest that children are able to train dogs, which may benefit both parties, says animal behaviorist Monique Udell, the lead researcher.

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