5 Ways Owning a Dog is Great for Kids

Having both children and dogs can be a handful, sometimes stressful and occasionally absolute carnage. However as many a parents-pet owner will tell you, the moments of pure gold and absolute love in any family of four-legged and small-legged friends far outweigh the chaos.

Kids that share their household with a canine pet, who they have to love and look after day after day, enjoy a vast array of benefits ranging from greater confidence and self-esteem, to higher levels of emotional intelligence.

"Dogs teach children more than any parent or educator can, because they don't demand the child's learning, they empower it," says Psychologist and Dog Behaviourist Laura Vissaritis. "The world does not revolve around a young child and the best teacher to remind them of this is a dog."