Studies Find the Effects of Human-Dog Interaction


  • improvement of social attention, behavior, interpersonal interaction, and mood

  • reduction of stress-related parameters such as cortisol, heart rate, and blood pressure

  • reduction of self-reported fear and anxiety

  • improvement of mental and physical health, especially cardiovascular health.

    Limited evidence or very few publications exist for positive effects of HAI on:

  • reduction of stress-related parameters such as epinephrine and norepinephrine

  • improvement of immune system functioning

  • improved pain management

  • increased trustworthiness of and trust toward other persons

  • reduced aggression

  • enhanced empathy and

  • improved learning

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