Are Puppies Just Toddlers With Four Legs?
I have a two year old grandson, and recently visited him. I also have a four month old Collie at home. Spending time with these two made me realize that they are many parallels between the two. They are both full of life, ready to learn new things, and always ready to play! Here are some observations that I made:
Toddlers and puppies greet your with enthusiasm. They jump on you, hug you, and like to snuggle.
If you open a cabinet, they try to crawl inside the cabinet to discover what is new or fun.
Opening the dishwasher creates a similar response, although the puppy is willing to "pre-rinse" any dirty dishes (eww).
The puppy needs a collar and leash so you can keep her safe while outside on a walk. The toddler holds your hand while you explore the world together. Both try to break free when there is a new animal or thing in sight. They are learning, and curiosity leads to learning, so we really can't fault them for this.
Both play until exhausted. They may fall asleep in an awkward position, or an awkward place. Both usually end up in a photograph, since we can't help but share how cute they are.
Both toddlers and (bigger breeds of) puppies try to reach up on the counter top to see what is there. Sometimes it's a safety hazard, so for both two-legged and four-legged little ones things are moved to the back of the cabinet or safely put away.
Parenting both puppies and toddlers requires cleaning supplies. Not just paper towels, but maybe even a carpet cleaner. You can never be over-prepared for spills and messes.
My puppy steals slippers. The toddler may take something to explore, but at least you usually get it back without holes in it, or slobber on it.
Caring for a puppy is like caring for a toddler. It takes patience, planning (for safety, etc), and a willingness to spend time with them so that they learn. I'm sure you can think of even more parallels between the two, right?