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Dogs can age healthier by socializing with humans and pets, study says

By Marlene Cimons

15 Aug 2023 · 4 min read

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  1. It's not just humans that benefit from social interaction; according to a new report, dogs do as well. In fact, companionship with both humans and other animals is the biggest single factor when it comes to healthier aging among canine pets.

Social interaction is good for human health, and a new study suggests it might be good for your dog, too.

"Where we live and who we interact with has a really strong effect on our health and well-being," said Noah Snyder-Mackler, who is lead author of the study and an associate professor at Arizona State University's school of life sciences and its center for evolution and medicine. "This link between our social environments and our health extends to many social animals. Animals with stronger social relationships live longer, healthier lives."

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