10 Ways Puppies Are Even Worse Than Kids

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Are your kids begging for a puppy? Do they promise again and again that they'll walk the dog and feed the dog and clean up after the dog? Are you beginning to cave? Well, don't. Aren't these the very kids who vow to do their homework immediately after school, later running out the door to play with friends, and promise to use inside voices when you ask them to, but yell at the top of their lungs instead? Indeed, they are, and I guarantee that they won't be as helpful as they're making you believe they will be. And, it turns out, having a puppy is even harder than having kids ...

(And, yes, that's my 9-week-old golden retriever. Don't let her cuteness fool you. She's a devil.)

1. You'll no longer sleep though the night. You'll be up just as often as you were with a newborn and a puppy isn't nearly as good of an excuse for dark circles as a new baby is.

2. Scrubbing pee and shit out of the carpet becomes part of the daily routine. It turns out dog poop is even worse than baby poop.

3. There's another mouth to feed every night. And you can't just whip out a boob.

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4. And another body to clean up after. Hello, muddy paws. At least newborns keep their mess contained to their diapers.

5. The doctor bills are insane. Why is it that I'm at the vet's so much more than I was ever at the pediatrician's?

6. Nobody offers to watch the "baby" or brings you dinner like they did when you had a new baby.

7. Shoes become chew toys. Not one of my kids ever destroyed my favorite pair of heels. Ever.

8. The crying. Sure, baby cries are sad. But dog cries? ARE THE MOST ANNOYING THING ON EARTH.

9. There's no such thing as puppy maternity leave.

10. The dog won't take care of you when you're old. And, even worse, you'll have to take care of it.

Still considering that puppy?


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kaden... kadensmommy2011

My cousin who I babysit for everyday just got 2 7 week old chorkie ( chihuahua/yorkie) and they drive me nuts. So now not only do I have 2 kids under 2 and a 6 year old now I have these to potty train :/

jessi... jessicasmom1

we like them but don't own them

Cel7777 Cel7777

Consider getting an adult dog, or at least a pup that's closer to a year old. Everyone always wants puppies and yeah, they're cute and all but a ton of work. Adult dogs are much easier to train if they aren't trained already and if you pick the right breed will assimiliate to the needs of your family.

the4m... the4mutts

I have a 7month old lab/shepard mix, a 3yr old weenie/begal, and a 1yr old chihuahua/something.

I've never had a problem with dogs. I also have 4 snakes, 2 cats, a rat, 3 turtles, and a giant sucker fish. All with my 4 children, ages 3, 4, 6, & 9.

Pets aren't for everyone, but they suit our family perfectly.

Lovin... LovinJerseyMama

We just got a kitten, in addition to our 4 yr old cat. Cats are at least pretty self sufficient. But I had forgotten what it was like to have a kitten. My God our kitten is a terror lol. I love her to death, but there's days where I feel like she's using up her nine lives a little quickly lol.

pinkp... pinkpaisley8709

i have 3 pit bulls. a 3 yrd old, a 2 year old, and a 4 month old. this is in additon to my 3 year old daughter and 8 1/2 month old daughter. puppies are a pain in the ass until you get them potty trained. the chewing stage drives me absolutely insane, but the biggest difference between dogs and kids is this:  when a dog begins to whine and drive you nuts, you can toss them outside for a while, and not worry about them. you can't do that with a child. i have a fenced in back yard, which does make it easier for potty trips. just dump them out back, and ignore the door scratching if you want a break. honestly, i love my dogs like my children. they sleep in my bed every night, while my husband sleeps on the sofa. his choice, not mine, btw. dogs don't throw fits like toddlers do, and you dont have sleepless nights like you mistakingly pointed out. i certainly dont get up in the middle of the night with my puppy. if she has to pee or poo, she does it on the kitchen linoleum, and i clean it up in the morning. she knows better than to wake me up at night. she would be met with a very angry mommy. that said, there is no better animal to raise with your children than a dog. they are some of the most loyal creatures on earth, and when raised properly, will protect your family at all costs.

Krist... Kristabell

You are so right! We got a puppy four months ago and I have not slept one full night since. And she poops on the floor every single day. She's cute, we love her, but oh, I rue the day I said yes to this dog!

nonmember avatar Beth

Get an older rescue from the pound. Many are good dogs, and generally have a modicum of self control. You sleep through the night and fewer messes in the house! We took in a stray when she was only a few weeks old, and since she was so bent on making us happy, lest she be abandoned again, she is very good. Granted this was B/F DS was born. She is wonderful with him!

Kristen Cornejo

This is too funny! We got a 6-month old puppy in February and couldn't be happier. I crate-trained him and watched him like a hawk when he was out of the crate so he only had a few accidents in the house. He was a VERY heavy chewer around the 8-9 month point (that's when they're chewing to 'set' their adult teeth in), and destroyed a ton of the kids' toys, but since that passed he hasn't really chewed anything but his own toys.

He's full-grown now, at 13 months, and he is the only person in the house who listens to me, and because of that, I 'ruff' him. <3 (I even wrote a post about him :) )

I know it sucks right now, but stay on top of the training and it will all be worth it!

Melisa Paddock Pehl

Why not consider adopting a shelter pet??  It wasn't ten years ago that a Chorkie, Maltipoo, Labradoodle, Pugoodle, shih poo...whatever, was considered A MUTT. Now people are shelling out hundreds of dollars for them.  How ridiculous!!  I have three shelter pups, and they make my families life complete. They give love, affection, don't chew, are potty trained, well mannered.....EVERYTHING that a puppy isn't.  Please, before you shop, ADOPT!!!!

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