10 Reasons Why Having A Dog Is A Lot Like Having A Kid

toddler and dog

Dog parenting is an awful lot like parenting. It’s why we use the word ‘parenting’.

Dog parenting is an awful lot like human parenting. It’s why we use the word ‘parenting’. You may have the odd parent tell you that having a dog is nothing like having a kid and that you’re clueless. It’s not true, though. I am a parent to both dog and child. I can tell you, there are a lot of similarities.

In no way, shape, or form is being a dog parent exactly the same, but here are 10 reasons why having a dog is a lot like having a kid:

  1. Your schedule is now their schedule. Your life now revolves around them. If you want to make plans, you need to make arrangements.

    toddler and dog

  2. You are constantly cleaning up after them. They leave their toys all over the place.

    English Bulldog with toy

  3. You have to deal with poop.

    shy dog

  4. You are responsible for their wellbeing. You have to feed them, make sure they’re bathed, nurse them back to health when they’re sick, etc.


  5. You are fiercely protective. NO ONE messes with them.

    kid and dog

  6. They will wake you up at all hours of the night. They have to pee. They have to poop. They missed you while you were sleeping.

    hey there

  7. You won’t always understand what they want or why they’re sad or angry and it will frustrate you.

    upset dog

  8. They will make you laugh and laugh and laugh.

    stylish child and dog

  9. You have to teach them everything you possibly can.


  10. THEY ARE EXPENSIVE. Oh my goodness. I’d use the term ‘money pit’ but they are both worth every single penny, so it doesn’t feel like a pit at all.

    Money Dog

I hope parents to human children don’t think it is belittling to parenthood to compare having a child to having a dog, but I honestly believe that in our situation, having our dog better prepared us for challenges we now face as parents.

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