13. Social Skill Builders
Dogs can help kids develop social skills and raise their self-esteem. Even impulse control is sharpened by interacting with dogs and research shows that dogs can be therapeutic companions for children with autism.

14. Closeness Makers
By giving everyone a common focus and a common love, dogs bring families closer. In terms of sibling bonding, a dog can be especially positive for achieving closeness through mutual feelings and goals.