Few kids wouldn’t trade all the bicycles and BB guns in the world for the gift of a puppy. As surely as a pup will steal your heart, however, it will break it if not properly cared for. That’s just one of many lessons that a child who is given a pup will learn over time. A dog can be the perfect gift to help teach youngsters about caring for animals and the importance of discipline in general. Kids who learn to care for a dog and understand that the animal relies on them for everything–from food and water to love and guidance–often develop an appreciation for what it takes to be a responsible individual.