Dogs can provide kids with companionship, responsibility, and teach empathy.
Children should never be left unsupervised with dogs, regardless of breed or temperament.
Children should be taught to respect dogs' personal space and signals.
Dogs should be trained and socialized to interact appropriately with kids.
Parents should consider the size, energy level, and temperament of a dog when choosing a family pet.
Children should be taught how to approach and greet dogs in a safe manner.
Dogs may become stressed or aggressive when faced with excessive noise or rough play from kids.
Parents should make sure dogs have a quiet retreat to go to when they need a break from children.
Dogs and children should be separated during mealtimes and when playing with toys.