Maintaining a happy environment for the pet is also an integral phase of this process. Animals are highly susceptible to stress and changes in their surroundings which can create unnecessary strain on their immune systems and general well being.
The Golden Retriever is probably the most child-friendly dog to come down the pike. In fact, they are the mellowest dog you'll ever have in your home. They love the water, and I recall seeing my niece's Golden dive repeatedly into the pool.