Do pets have a positive impact on children? A\u00a0new\u00a0survey commissioned by Sainsbury\u2019s Bank Pet Insurance suggests children and animals may benefit from living together.\r\n\r\nOver half (51 percent) of respondents thought that pets made good companions for kids. 48 percent felt pets taught children about responsibility and 35 percent stated that they helped to keep their youngsters active.\r\n\r\nAnimals may also enjoy having children in the household.\u00a0The survey showed that twice as many pet-owning families say their pets seem much happier when the children are at home (20 percent), than when they are not (10 percent). 24 percent of families also felt that the pets get more attention during school holidays.\r\n\r\nKaren Wild, member of the Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors (APBC) said: \u201cPets have been shown to provide health benefits for humans. Taking the dog for a walk encourages exercise, fresh air, and social contact; dogs are great at helping us start conversations. Stroking and talking gently to our cats and dogs can increase oxytocin levels (the 'happy hormone') in both pet and human.\u201d\r\n\r\n\u201cCats and dogs can be very sensitive to their owner\u2019s feelings and behaviour, particularly if they are in a tense or chaotic home environment.\u00a0 Pets can become as attached to us as we are to them. Separation distress is a widely recognised condition suffered by some pets when left behind at home due to our busier lives.\u00a0 Pet owners can help to alleviate this particular condition by gradually building up the amount of time they spend away from their pets.\u201d\r\n\r\nScott Gorman of Sainsbury\u2019s Bank Pet Insurance said: \u201cPets can become stressed just like humans, and this can lead to problems with their behaviour which is why we offer cover for behavioural illness as standard on all our new policies.\u201d\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\nFor more information go to\u00a0\u00a0www.Sainsburysbank.co.uk.