A Child or a Puppy?

by Allison @ Alli 'n Son on May 3, 2010

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Way before the kiddo entered the picture, or was even really thought of, we had dogs.  First one lovable, snorty, flat-faced pug. He was shortly followed by a second pug. Pugs are, after all, kind of collectors items. Once you have one, you have to get another.

One of the first things that people with kids tell you about having a dog, is that they are great practice for having kids. Because, you know, they both drool, need to be potty trained, and bark uncontrollably. No? Is that only my house then?

This got me thinking. Is raising a dog really similar to raising a child? Um, no, not really. For one thing, you can put a dog/puppy in a crate when they are getting on your nerves. I’m pretty sure that it’s frowned up to put a kiddo in a cage of any kind (playpens not included).

I now have the experience of raising two dogs, and I’m 2 years into raising a human being. Being the expert that I am, I have decided once and for all that in no way, shape or form is it easier to raise either a dog or a child. Here’s why.

  1. Dog’s generally don’t throw food on the floor, like kid’s do. In fact, in our house, the dogs are usually the ones cleaning up the thrown food.
  2. Kids don’t usually poop on the floor. I said usually. It has been known to happen. Dogs on the other hand, this is a weekly occurrence in our house (and yes, they are potty trained).
  3. Speaking of potty training. Dogs = a few weeks or months. Kids = months or even years (cringe).
  4. Dog eat whatever you put in front of them. They really aren’t very picky. Kids have very strict rules about what they will eat. Only they don’t tell you what those rules are, you have to guess. And sometimes those rules change mid-meal. It’s a constant guessing game.
  5. Kids grow out of clothes, shoes and diapers every 3.46098 months. Sometimes overnight. Dogs only require two things. A leash and a collar. Both of which can last for years and years.
  6. Dogs shed. A lot. So much so that this time of year our house often looks like we have 4 dogs instead of just 2. It’s that bad. Seriously. Kid, generally don’t shed. Or if they do, we haven’t gotten to that stage yet.
  7. You can reason with a child. Or at least you can try, and hope that at least some small piece of information makes it to their brain. With dogs, there’s no such luck. They usually know about 10 words, their favorite of course being treat.
  8. Toddler’s will repeat everything that you say. There’s no filter. There’s no such thing as a secret. Dogs on the other hand, can’t really talk. Bark yes. Talking, no.
  9. Dogs can run, usually faster than their owners. But they can’t climb. Toddler’s climb. Everything. And if they fall down, they get right back up and do it again.
  10. I’m out of ideas. What do you think? Is it easier to raise a puppy or a dog?

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1 Janna @ The Adventure of Motherhood May 3, 2010 at 8:32 pm

This was great! I felt like I was listening to a stand up comic! I love the humorous comparisons:)
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2 angie May 3, 2010 at 9:15 pm

I really enjoyed this list. It reminded me that maybe dogs are not as much work as kids. :)
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3 mandi@itscome2this May 4, 2010 at 4:07 am

Too funny!! My husband and I tried 2 dogs after we got married. We ended up having to give them away. We always joked that we couldn’t do that with our kids … I think that’s partly why we waited 6 years to have kids!!
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4 Allison May 4, 2010 at 11:43 am

@mandi@itscome2this, Dogs really are a lot of work. There are many, many days when I think it would be easier w/o out them. But I just couldn’t give them up.

5 Amber @ Because Babies Grow Up May 4, 2010 at 6:12 am

This is a fantastic list! We don’t have dogs, so I can’t weigh in. But I can see the dilemma.
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6 Vanderbilt Wife May 4, 2010 at 7:39 am

Although our dog was slightly more high-maintenance than the average one … OK, I don’t know. He howled all night, peed on the floor, had to have a tumor removed, and shed like a maniac. I much prefer the toddler. :)
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7 Ally May 4, 2010 at 8:22 am

I love your posts–they always make me laugh! I swear my husband and I have talked about #7 so many times!

Haha…thanks so much for sharing! I’m stumbling this for you so many others can enjoy it!
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8 Allison May 4, 2010 at 11:48 am

@Ally, Thanks for the stumble!

9 Staci A May 4, 2010 at 8:44 am

Too funny! I’m not sure either one is any easier.

But every time hubby talks about getting a puppy, I remind him that I will only wake up to cries from something that came out of my body. If there’s a puppy whining in the middle of the night, it’s his responsibility. Which apparently, is the reason we haven’t gotten one yet.
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10 Allison May 4, 2010 at 11:48 am

@Staci A, I like that! Thankfully puppies get over the up-all night-stage faster than babies do.

11 Catie May 4, 2010 at 10:36 am

This list is hilarious! And SO TRUE!! I have to admit (after working at a vet clinic for 6 yrs) I used to think getting a puppy would be just like having a baby – but I think I agree with you! Especially #4!! :)
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12 Melissa@SimplyMel May 4, 2010 at 11:27 am

A beg to differ about the shedding thing! lol My daughter has shed hair after cutting it herself! lol My hubby wanted to get a puppy recently and I told him “not while we are potty training children. I don’t want to potty train a dog and a kid!” Depending on the dog some are easier to raise than kids. But kids are, obviously, a lot more worth it!

13 Allison May 4, 2010 at 11:50 am

@Melissa@SimplyMel, I couldn’t agree more. I love my dogs, but they just don’t compare to the love I have for my son.

14 Muthering Heights May 4, 2010 at 7:06 pm

LOL, yeah…you can’t really yell at your kids the way you can yell at a dog…or at least you shouldn’t!
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15 Jamie May 5, 2010 at 6:58 am

I love this list! I also love that you have two pugs. We have two pugs as well; you’re right, you really can’t just have one snub-nosed dog.

I think that raising one dog is easier than raising one kid, but two dogs is at least as difficult as one kid. Especially now that the pugs and the kid have learned how to work together to drive me crazy. As you pointed out, though, at least the kid doesn’t shed. Pug shedding is awful!

16 Allison May 5, 2010 at 11:54 am

@Jamie, Where exactly does all of the hair come from anyway? The produce way more hair than small dogs really should. :-)

17 Janet May 5, 2010 at 10:51 am

I love this list. We only have one pug due to lovely strata regulations – but it’s so true. What is with the shedding! I bought beige furniture so it wasn’t as noticeable. And so true with the pooping. She’s seven years old and still does it about once a week, no matter how good we are at taking her out. Nice to come across your blog.

18 Allison May 5, 2010 at 11:54 am

@Janet, So there’s no hope that the pooping the house will stop? Boo. :-(

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