Long before Lassie and Timmy became an iconic duo, dogs and kids have always been natural companions. This relationship reaches far beyond merely “a boy and his dog,

#1: Physical and Mental Health Benefits Scientists have proven that having a dog in the family can help boost a toddler’s immune system.

When toddlers are exposed to different germs, their bodies build immunities and fight off the germs, strengthening their immune system.

Dogs can also provide children with a boost in self-esteem. Studies show that dogs’ nonjudgmental ears and unconditional love give children added confidence

#2: First Lessons in The daily feeding, exercising, grooming, and affection that all dogs require (and deserve) can teach children the importance of obligation and consistency

as well as an appreciation for the rewards that accompany responsible pet ownership.

Before your child participates in the daily care of the family dog, you need to set realistic, age-appropriate expectations.

#3: Increasing Their As kids mature, they can take on more active roles—still under adult supervision, of course.

Good chores for kids ages ten and older include remembering pet mealtimes and properly serving the dog’s food, keeping the water bowl filled,

You should add a dog to your home to love him and provide him with a safe, comfortable, and happy life as a cherished family member. The rest is just a bonus.