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A study of school children by Guttman et al showed that pet owners were not only more popular with their classmates, but seemed to be more empathetic as well.


Research has established that pets are able to create a connection with people. In a now famous case from the 1960s, American psychiatrist Boris Levinson established a connection with a particularly withdrawn boy by bringing his dog to the sessions. So successful was this approach, that this form of Animal Assisted Therapy was subsequently used by Levinson to establish a “bridging” relationship with most of his young patients.

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