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It is hard work being a parent. And even harder work doing it right!

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1. You 'say hi' to the cute doggy
1. You 'say hi' to the cute doggy
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Your kids know strays are off limits, but they can’t resist patting your neighbour’s golden lab or stopping to greet a friendly-looking beagle on a leash.

And that’s fine, as long as they always ask the owner’s permission first.

Every year in the US alone, children are by far the most common victims of dog bites, with more than 400,000 injured severely enough to need medical attention, according to the American Veterinary Medical Foundation.

What’s even more surprising: more than half of dog-bite injuries occur at home, with dogs that are familiar.

Keep a close eye on toddlers when they play with your pooch, and make sure older kids show your four-legged family member the right amount of respect.

They should never tease the dog by snatching toys away or pull his ears or tail, and if the dog goes to bed or into his crate, let that be his space to be left alone.

From life-affirming mischief makers to actual life-saving heroes, these are the breeds that Reader’s Digest readers have declared the most loyal, most fun, kindest, cutest and Best Dogs in the World. See if you agree…

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