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post #1 of 39 (permalink) Old 07-25-2014, 11:38 PM Thread Starter
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Is raising a child *like* raising a puppy?

I thought of this concept when I read Galathiel's post in my parental guidance thread. I've only raised one puppy and don't have kids so enlighten me...

Puppies and adult dogs thrive on routine, guidance, positive reinforcement, redirection, encouragement...etc.

Is it basically the same formula for a child to thrive on?

For those who have raised both kids and puppies, what are the similarities between the two?

What are the differences?

I thought of clicker training which successfully helps with puppy training but I doubt it'd work with a baby or toddler...Lol.

I don't mean treating a dog like their child...that to me sounds odd. I'm simply referring to the concept of training a puppy successfully vs. raising a kid.

I hope that makes sense?
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I didn't read the thread you referenced, but children are WAY more work! Babies are 24/7 in need and supervision...you can't put them in a crate for alone time.
I had a 3 month old puppy, a 7 month old child, as well as baby Moluccan cockatoos I hatched and handfed all at the same time, talk about nurturing to the max of stress level.
Birds and babies are more alike than puppies and babies, they are much more demanding.
But to be honest, I think babies are easier because there is a connection that isn't there with pups/dogs.
There is joy in both.
Kids grow to be teenagers with a long stretch of ups and downs before they become adults, that is a trial in itself for parents and the kid.
Dogs grow so fast, age out so quickly, again you can't compare the stages of life.
"Training" or 'teaching' may be similar, but kids would be bored with techniques used for dogs. Humans are much more complex. Parrots tend to be fairly smart too, but have their own agenda, much like a child....they aren't as biddable as a puppy may be, and all three can bite!

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Raising a child is 100% different.

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Raising a child is a lot harder.


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Puppies and adult dogs thrive on routine, guidance, positive reinforcement, redirection, encouragement...etc.

Is it basically the same formula for a child to thrive on?
I would have to say in this regard, yes it is really close to the same. I didn't find it hard to raise my son at all and I was always a single mom. I just recently read somewhere that they were recommending couples to get a puppy before they had kids, to get the general idea of care. I just read it within the last couple weeks.

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Some folks are incapable of raising either so there is that.
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post #7 of 39 (permalink) Old 07-26-2014, 12:23 AM
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Sort of, the 24/7 lasts much longer for kids, because their not adults at age 3-4, rather (allegedly) at 21-30.
However, some stuff is similar. You care for your child and dog before yourself
You worry about both more than yourself.
A lot of civilizing is similar...housebreaking, for example. You lead the pup outside frequently and the toddler to the bathroom...reward, reward reward! treat!
Teenagers do need the NILIF treatment, a lot...
Consequences to your actions...time outs and crate time...
You have to adapt as you learn the kids and dogs personality...
Yeah, I think it's very similar. Please don't tell my kids, but Indid successfully use training techniques on them however, as tempted as I was, I never succumbed to the e-collar.
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Sort of, the 24/7 lasts much longer for kids, because their not adults at age 3-4, rather (allegedly) at 21-30.
Speaking for myself as a now mature for the most part adult male 57. I'd push that age closer to 27-30!
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I'd say a little of both. Similar in many ways but also very different. Rules, follow thru, and structure are important in both but that is where the similarity ends.
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