More households are acquiring animal companions everyday. Not only are pets a way to reduce stress, but human-animal relationships lead to the development of necessary skills for later adulthood. Pet ownership can help to develop time management skills, financial responsibility, cleanliness and organization; some of the previously mentioned skills cannot be taught through a college course.
If stress is not managed appropriately it can be detrimental to college students. Increased anxiety and poor sleep patterns, which are symptoms of stress, can be reduced through animal companionship. Reduction of stress is only a small benefit of pet ownership. Overall, human-animal relationships provide a unique lifestyle outside of school.