I am a softy when it comes to my two...I try not to treat them like humans...
The dont get human food,
I have my bed they have theirs (in my bedroom..)
I do get them feed/watched if I go out late because Ollie barks, but am trying citronella collar
Can get a bit nervous if they are unwell.....
Dont have kids....might explain a lot....
I don't not do things because i have puppies....but I do not like to leave them on their own too long...
I do have a tendenancy to talk to them like they are humans but evidently I talk to toddlers like their old people.....
I do have to admit when talking about OH one day...I called him Ollie....
VERY naughty Occy...keep it up!
I've been guilty of talking to my dog in sentences, but I don't expect her to understand anything but the tone. Sometimes I do it more to be informative to the person she's trying to greet/sniff. Ie "leave it Frosty (commanding), then in a vaguely annoyed tone, "he doesn't want his work clothes messed up" - more as explanatory and an alert for the person who wears work clothes to a cricket oval that is also used as a dog park.
I suspect I treat my dog better than most children, but then again I leave her home alone, and even in the car alone (in the under shelter car parks), though if I could take her into the shops - I would. You can take children into shops, though I think some should be left locked in the car - safer for everybody.
I don't feed Frosty my leftovers. She has her food and I have mine and they don't overlap very often. Raw carrots being the main exception.
I do the "ignore the naughty kid/dog" for both children and dogs and I do the distract and substitute for both children and dogs. I only try to explain "why" to children. I'm not sure the dog will understand. But sometimes I let her experience the consequences of her actions - like rolling over on the wet sand, when the wave has gone out, is not a good idea.
I play tug of war with the dog, not with children. I put a lead on my dog when we go for walks. Sometimes I wish I had a lead for the children - but holding hands usually works well enough. Holding paws does not work.
If the children were mine not my brothers - I'd insist on a shower or bath, daily. Dog ablutions are monthly, with a fresh water rinse off after visits to the beach.
I'd be quite angry if any child crapped in my back yard. And I'd expect them to clean it up.
However I do run the same kind of toileting schedule with the kids. Do you need to go to the toilet - no? well we're going out for a while, so I'm going to the toilet and I expect you to have a try because it might be a while before we get to the next one. I swear toilet training kids is harder than puppies.
I do spend stupid amounts of money on my substitute child though, and get freaked out if she is in any danger.
I don't take children for long walks, or encourage them to "round up" their friends. I don't expect children to chase and fetch balls. Though I will play totem tennis with my nephew. I won't play totem tennis with my dog - she'd eat the ball.
I do wonder what happens to the day - hours of dog walking would have nothing to do with it, right?
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