Dog owner good news: Petting your dog may lead to stronger memory and better problem solving skills

Petting a dog leads to increased brain activity, researchers in Switzerland have found — and thus petting a dog and observing it may increase your focus and attention.

That’s according to a study recently published in the open-access journal PLOS ONE.

Lead study author Rahel Marti, a Ph.D. student in clinical psychology and animal-assisted interventions at the University of Basel in Switzerland, told Fox News Digital in an interview that the findings imply that interacting with a dog “might activate more attentional processes and evoke stronger emotional arousal than similar nonliving stimuli.”

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