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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