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Shelter Dogs Improve Moods of Troubled Teens

Shelter Dogs Improve Moods of Troubled TeensA doctoral candidate in animal sciences at the Washington State University is recommending a new mood-boosting treatment for teens in drug and alcohol treatment: shelter dogs.

During Friday afternoons, Lindsey Ellsworth would take about four dogs from the Spokane Humane Society to Excelsior Youth Center where a group of teenage boys are excitedly awaiting their arrival. She says that the boy’s interaction with dogs caused to be happier and more energetic.

Though this may not be news to dog lovers, Ellsworth’s study is the first to show how dog-interaction activities may help lift the mood among teenagers who are living in residential treatment facilities.


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