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15 Reasons why dogs make excellent babysitters

Michele Borboa, MS is a freelance writer and editor specializing in health, fitness, food, lifestyle, and pets. Michele is a health and wellness expert, personal chef, cookbook author, and pet-lover based in Bozeman, Montana. She is also...

Proof that dogs are awesome companions for kids (PHOTOS)

Though our dogs can't change diapers, they certainly know how to take care of our kids. To prove it, we found 15 reasons why dogs make the best babysitters. Even if you aren't ready to turn your tyke over to your pawed pal, these adorable pet videos and pictures of dogs with babies will make you smile.

1. Dogs make sure that your kiddo's hands are clean before eating (and during and after)

Proof that dogs are awesome companions for kids (PHOTOS)

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2. Canines readily offer a furry shoulder to cry on

Sometimes you just need a good hug from your best friend 💕

A photo posted by Blue (Bostie) + Gus (Boxer) (@blue_the_boston) on

3. Dogs will offer crawling lessons for free

Proof that dogs are awesome companions for kids (PHOTOS)

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4. Dogs are quick to offer your kiddo company on the couch

5. If you're concerned for your baby's safety, dogs have it covered

Proof that dogs are awesome companions for kids (PHOTOS)

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6. Canines are ready to babysit even before you need it

7. Dogs make nap times happen without even trying

Proof that dogs are awesome companions for kids (PHOTOS)

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8. Dogs will even kneel down to let your kiddo get on for a piggyback ride

9. Wherever your kiddo goes, dogs are never far behind

Proof that dogs are awesome companions for kids (PHOTOS)

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10. Canines are ever ready to clean up any crumbs the baby drops

11. Dogs make sure your baby has plenty of toys

Proof that dogs are awesome companions for kids (PHOTOS)

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12. Dogs love to instigate gleeful squeals of laughter

Thrilled to be chased by Miss Chiff for a change. #babylife #boxerdog #whiteboxer #dogsandbabies

A photo posted by Dusty S (@i.am.dusty) on

13. When your child is headed for trouble, dogs will do whatever it takes to prevent it

Proof that dogs are awesome companions for kids (PHOTOS)

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14. Canines and kiddos are interested in the same things and look at the world through the same glass

Good friends #neighborhoodwatch #dogsandbabies #rescuedogsofinstagram #ruffhouserescue

A photo posted by Heather (@heathermassa) on

15. They know exactly how to make your baby giggle

Proof that dogs are awesome companions for kids (PHOTOS)

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