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9 Reasons Puppies are Easier to Raise than Children

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9 Reasons Puppies are Easier to Raise than Children

I’m the “mother” of three darling terriers, Bella, Scuppers, and Sable, and let me tell you, some days they can be a real handful! You might imagine the potty routines and destructive abilities of a three-month-old, a two-year-old, and an eleven-year-old pup, each of which has a strong and unique personality. It takes a lot of time and attention on my part, and not a day goes by without me thinking about how much more time parenting of a child would require. Below are a few ways in which raising dogs is easier than raising children.

Potty training takes several weeks, as opposed to several years

Most puppies can be “housebroken” in a few weeks if their owner is consistent and knowledgeable. My Sable is only three months old, and she’s almost there! Children need diaper changes over the first couple of years of life, at least.  Some sources indicate that an average baby 3-6 months old requires 10-12 changes a day, for a grand total of 4015 diapers a year! And then the training can go on and on—in fact, by the age of six, 10 percent of children are still occasional bed wetters.  Reading this statistic, I don’t feel so bad about my Scuppers continuing to wear a diaper.

Dogs are always happy to see you—they’re never in a grouchy mood

It’s amazing how I might run down to the store for fifteen minutes, and even with this brief time away from home, my dogs are elated to see me. They greet me at the door with barks, jumps, and sometimes yelps of delight. On the other hand, how often does the parent of a teenager come home to a surly and silent youth who’d just as soon be left alone?

You never have to worry about where they are when Friday at midnight rolls around

My dogs are indoors all the time, except when they are with me, and so I never worry that they are out getting into trouble or even worse, in danger. Children are often away from their parents, and all of us who were once teenagers know that’s cause for concern!

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Dr. Ellen Walker

Dr. Walker is a licensed clinical psychologist born and raised in Jackson, Mississippi. Recognizing that there is no one type of childfree adult, Walker guides clients through the positive and negative aspects of childfree living, taking into consideration the different issues faced by men or women, couples or singles, whether gay or straight. She has a clinical practice in Bellingham, Washington. She and her psychologist husband, Chris, enjoy an adventure-filled life with their two terriers, Bella and Scuppers. Learn more on her website 


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8:38AM PST on Feb 19, 2012

some ways they may be easier, but they cost almost as much money if you have multiple dogs. And at least your children don't go around your house peeing and pooping everywhere..

5:01PM PDT on Oct 2, 2011

A no brainer for sure. Pets rock!

1:33AM PDT on Sep 17, 2011

awesome article.....thanks

1:35PM PDT on Sep 7, 2011

Amen! Easier, for sure. But maybe not quite the long term rewards.

6:19AM PDT on Sep 7, 2011

this is very true

8:37AM PDT on Sep 5, 2011

Thanks. Animals are much easier to train then a human.

4:52PM PDT on Sep 4, 2011

After raising 2 kids to adulthood, my husband finally agrees that if he could do it all over again - he'd have dogs!

10:54AM PDT on Sep 4, 2011

raising a pup gets you ready to raise a baby

7:47PM PDT on Sep 3, 2011

sounds great! can't wait to get a dog! ;)

1:32PM PDT on Sep 2, 2011

Helpful Friend,
Many of your points aren't always true. Children aren't always a "labor of love", those in foster care certainly wouldn't think so. Not all dogs hate baths, some LOVE them. Likewise, there are children who loathe bathing. There are plenty of people who rescue dogs not for themselves, but to save the lives of the poor animals. Similarly, there are many people who have children for very selfish reasons (ever heard of "it'll save our marriage" babies?) or just pop them out because they had sex and ended up pregnant and then go on to neglect their kids. And the author wasn't bashing those who bring their kids into bed with them, just pointing out that there are a lot of people out there who are against this and quite vocal about their disapproval.

To the point, I enjoyed this piece! In many ways pets are easier to handle, especially if you don't want children of your own ;)

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