I wasn’t always sure I wanted to have kids, but I was always sure that I wanted to have puppies. All the dogs in my herd I acquired as puppies. I went through the potty training stage, the chewing stage, the setting boundaries stage, and so on. At times it was difficult finding a pee spot here or a chewed up sock there. Now that I have a human child, I am not really sure what I got myself into.
The one thing I know for sure is that puppies are much easier to care for than toddlers and here is why:
Puppies are commonly trained to use a kennel and stay there for hours at a time. It is a a great place for puppies to learn boundaries and a great way to keep them out of trouble.
Unfortunately, it is frowned down upon to do the same to a toddler. It would have been super weird to add a dog kennel to my baby registry. Instead, toddlers are expected to be more like free-range chickens. Why is this? I’ll never know.
They don’t talk back
While puppies may bark and play bite, they definitely do cannot say “no” or “why” or some other annoying retort when asked to do something. Instead, once they are even slightly trained they have a tendency to want to please us. Why can’t toddlers be so eager to please?
Puppies do require a lot of attention and training, but potty training a puppy is far easier than a toddler. Trust me, I know. You may have to wake up in the middle of the night with a puppy, but that phase is very short lived. With the combo of a kennel, puppy pads and encouragement, puppies learn quite quickly.
Potty training a toddler is quite different. They are resistant, hesitant and as stated earlier, they have a tendency to talk back. You’ll be doing extra loads of laundry and worry that they’ll have accidents in public.
Most puppies are excited to eat dinner. They’ll gobble it all up without much hesitation and not often question your choice in chow. However, a toddler will fuss and fidget with food. They’ll hate just about any vegetable. They’ll despise whatever you slaved over all day to make them. Plus, you’ll have many days where you just don’t know what to even feed them. Again, puppies win this round easily. You never have to figure out what feed them and they’ll rarely turn a nose up to it.
In the end, I absolutely love my toddler. She is smart, creative and very loving. She requires more of my time and attention than a puppy ever will, but I regret nothing.