According to a new study, kids like the family pet more than their brothers or sisters, especially if it’s a doggy. Here’s what research found – kids do love their siblings, but it’s not the same…. They see them as competition when it comes to new toys, clothes, getting love from their parents, etc. Children obviously don’t have those issues with a pet. The kid and pet relationship gives them unconditional love and companionship, but they don’t have to compete with their furry friend.