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Rover comes with more health and wellbeing benefits than previously thought. He’s not just good for running around playing throw and fetch with – 83 per cent of pet-owning parents believed Rover and pals helped with child development, and it turns out they’re right. ‘Pets represent security, and can help children open up about worries in times of emotional upheaval, like parental divorce or illness – and many children confide in their pets more than siblings,’ says psychologist Dr Deborah Wells. ‘They also help them learn about life and death and about sharing and caring for others. Some studies say children with pets become more nurturing adults.’ Seems like he’s earnt that doggie treat…

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We’re staying #Hotandhealthy in the August issue of healthy. This issue we’re talking about sex: from the results of our sex survey – and how to stay satisfied between the sheets – to our deliciously satisfying, sexy salads to sustain you while the sun shines. We explore how to put heart into mindfulness, brush up on how to really listen, and ask what’s the best age to live to? We have expert advice on how to look and feel your best, from ethical beauty buys through to help for allergies and strategies for backache. Plus, we examine whether splashing out on exercise gear equals a better workout?