A recent study has found that kids who grow up with a family dog are more likely to be better behaved and have stronger social skills.
The research was conducted in Australia and looked at over 1600 parents and their kids.
"We observed that children who played with their dog a minimum of three times per week or walked with their dog at least once per week had better social-emotional development." the researchers said.
"While we expected that dog ownership would provide some benefits for young children's wellbeing, we were surprised that the mere presence of a family dog was associated with many positive behaviours and emotions," she added.
"These findings demonstrate how important pets are in our lives, especially for children."
Turns out the dogs are doing a lot more for the family than just bringing some joy!