Why should a family with children have at least one dog at home? To me, the answer to this question is obvious. I love dogs and I like to have them around. My kids love them as well. I am going to give you a few reasons why having a dog at home can be beneficial to you and your family members, especially the youngest ones.
When you have a dog and young children at home, the dog can help you babysit them. Of course, it will depend on the type of the dog, but many dogs such as retrievers make great babysitters. You can leave your toddler safely near a dog knowing that your pet will take care of the child and your kid will have some fun playing with the animal too.
Reason number two to have a dog at home when you have children is to teach them responsibility. Depending on your situation, you will want to give each of your children one dog to take care of (this can be done if your children are already older). Alternatively, you can have one dog and your children can take turns taking it on daily walks etc. Kids can learn a lot about responsibility once they are required to take care of something such as a dog.
Finally, if you have only one child and you think that you want to keep it that way, a dog can be a perfect companion for your only child. Your kid will definitely feel less lonely growing up if he has a dog by his side at all times.