How Dogs Are Basically Like Babies

Rat terrier, dog

Last night, I was woken up by two crying babies, aka dogs, who desperately needed to be taken outside. And after an inconvenient middle of the night potty break, I was on automatic zombie mode when I got out of bed at 5:30 AM. Lurching down the hall with my eyes half open and my body relying on muscle memory to find its way, I somehow managed to make it into the office to complete my morning teaching shift. The rug rats? Oh, they got to stay snuggled in bed with Troy. Those lucky bastards.

Sometimes being a pet parent can feel awfully similar to taking care of a child.

You’re crazy! My baby is nothing like your dogs!

Actually, there’s a study that proves that dogs have a similar bond to their owners that a toddler has with its parents. So maybe I’m not just a crazy dog owner after all! Okay, I probably am, but for many pet owners their dogs will always be their babies and here’s why:


1. We bust out pictures of our dogs at social gatherings.

How Dogs Are Like Babies

Other people show off pictures of their adorable children crawling or wearing that cute new outfit. Pet parents? We bust out the cell phone photos like, “Look at my dog tilting his head! And look both of them were all snuggled up! Oh, and in this one he was laying on his back. Aren’t they cute?!”

2. The Instagram takeover.

Dogs Are Like Babies

Showing off photos of our favorite pooch doesn’t just happen at the office, parties, or supermarket checkout counters, but on Instagram, as well. So much so that people will begin to question who’s account it is – ours or our pups.

3. Our dogs are fashionistas.

Dog Clothes

Every parent loves to dress their kid up in adorable little outfits. Well, dog parents are no different. Our pups have winter clothes to keep them warm. Costumes for Halloween and other major holidays. And of course they need cute casual wear for impressing all the other pooches at the park.

4. We go through the agony of potty training.

Dogs Potty Training, How Dogs Are Like Babies

While we may not have to change diapers, we still have to deal with cleaning up accidents on the carpet. And even after potty training, we have to pick up poop outside. Oh, the things we do for our fur babies.

5. We arrange play-dates and go to the park.

San Antonio Dog Park, Dog House

Much like children, dogs love the park and should be socialized every so often. Unless, they’re a little anti-social like Chubby. Either way, making time to go to the park becomes a big part of your schedule. And before you know it you’ll be chatting with all the other pet parents about how wonderful your furry kids are and planning future play dates. Just remember, no body likes a an overbearing stage parent trying to show off their kid’s talent.

6. They wake us up in the morning/middle of the night.

Dog Meme

How Dogs Are Like Children

When I was a kid I always pestered my parents while they were sleeping. Now, my dogs pester me. They bug me when they need to go out and completely take over my bed. Or some nights I’m up late with them because they’re not feeling well. But I wouldn’t have it any other way.

7. Their well being matters more than our own.

How Dogs Are Like Kids, Dog Under Blanket

My dogs well-being always comes before my own. I may not go to the doctor, but I will take my pups to the vet. Our house is a little drafty, but I make sure my pups are covered with their blanket before I even think about getting warm. Basically, our dog’s needs become central to our lives.

8. Going anywhere is a big ordeal.

How Dogs Are Like Babies

Did I remember to grab their bowls? Did I bring water? Do I have enough food? I swear, I need a diaper bag for my dogs! Even getting them into my home office in the morning is an ordeal. I have to make sure they have food and water so they can eat breakfast. Then I have to make sure they have their blanket so they can sleep afterwards and let me work in peace.

9. Our dogs have their own stockings and gifts under the Christmas tree.

Our dogs are a part of our families, so of course they have their own stockings. Every year my mom also makes sure to buy all her granddogs a gift. It’s only natural that every family member should be included in the spirit of Christmas.

Do you also have fur babies? How are your dogs like babies/children?

  • ahhh this is SO true!!!! i said this to my husband the other day and he said “no kids are SO much more to handle” and i have to agree with that – but there are so many similarities!!!! i was sitting her going YES YES YES to everything on the list!!

    • Kids are more to handle, but at least they grow out of it at some point! Hah. πŸ™‚

  • We have three dogs and one baby. Well she’s almost 4 now. Yes, they are like our kids and we always joke that Harper is the youngest of 4. That being said, they are much more independent than her. They need all the same things, but in smaller doses than human children. That being said, its not uncommon to wake up with all of them in the bed,

    • Wow, that must be an awfully cute and crowded bed. πŸ™‚ And all of your children must keep you very busy.

  • All this so true! Kids are a little harder, but a dog is usually your first “baby”…at least it is at our house. πŸ™‚

    • Heh. My sister just had her first daughter not too long ago, but her dog is still her first baby. πŸ™‚ She often sends me pictures of them together with the subject, “The Kids.”

  • haha! Ahh this is all so true! My mom has a pic of my dog in her phone that she shows off and tells people its her “grand-dog” I can only imagine how crazy i will be with an actual child

    • Haha. That’s too funny! Eventually, she may be showing off pics of an actual grandchild with the grand-dog. It will be a two for one photo!

  • Brittany

    YES! They are like babies. When I wake up in the morning I have to get my dog all settled before I can even get dressed. Then I have to come home and spend quality time before I can even relax.

    • Hah! I have to get my dogs settled before I can get to work in the mornings and afternoon. But they are still pretty adorable. πŸ™‚

  • Glad to know I am not the only crazy person who thinks her dogs are her babies!

  • Morgan

    This! Yes to all of it!! I tell my fiance constantly that our two fur monsters are preparing us for parenthood.

  • I always say that I was an only child until my mom started rescuing dogs! Hahaha. Now I have 5 dog-siblings and a baby dog of my own, and I do show everybody his photos πŸ˜€

    • Haha! Sounds like you had the best siblings growing up! πŸ˜€ What kind of dog is your baby?

      • HeΒ΄s a half-breed -Britanny/Cocker Spaniel. A found him running on an avenue completely lost and scared 3 years ago, so I chase him, grabbed him and brought him home. And now he owns everything around here, hahaha.

        • Oh, I love Spaniels! My mom has a Springer Spaniel. πŸ™‚ He’s so lucky that you rescued him so that he can have a home to roam around.

  • I consider our animals “our kids” but the great thing about it is we can go to dinner and drinks without a sitter:) The last pic looks similar to our lab-Sam:)

    • Oh, very true! I’m grateful that we can go out without having to worry about a sitter. Now, if only traveling was just as easy. πŸ™‚ And Sam must be an awfully cute lab.

  • Amanda

    Bahahaha! You NAILED this! I nodded along to every single one as I read them. I’m sharing it on Twitter!!! πŸ˜€

    • Heh! Thanks! See, people don’t need to ask us when we’re having children. We already do! πŸ˜€

  • This is so very true! I definitely have presents and stockings for my pets under the Christmas tree– and they get presents on their birthday! Not saying that a baby wouldn’t be a lot of work, but dogs especially are no piece of cake either!

    • Haha! Yes! I have friends that go all out for their pet’s birthday. They even bake them a doggie cake.

  • 100million% true.
    I’ve actually spoken to others who have said their puppy was more difficult than their baby.
    When Baker was tiny he slept through the night but I was up 6am everyday to take him out. I also had to lie on the kitchen floor with him until he fell asleep then sneek out! lol
    Oh he is my child and as I don’t want kids, he’ll always be my baby.
    I made doggy cupcakes for his 1st birthday party, him and the rabbit always have more birthday and christmas gifts than myself or my partner too.


    • Hah. I can just imagine you laying on the floor with him. Oh, the things we do for our pups. πŸ™‚ I also don’t want children, so my dogs will always be my kids. BTW your rabbit is so adorable! πŸ˜€

  • I considered my dog as my son, so now that he is gone it is something missing in my life. I get a lot of stick from people when I say I think like this so glad to know that there are more people that think the same as me. πŸ™‚ Your dogs are so adorable! πŸ™‚ xx

    • Aww. I’m so sorry about your baby. Our family dog, Bailey, passed about 4 years ago. I still miss him all the time. And thank you! They are my spoiled babies. πŸ™‚

  • Too funny and soooo true! I have two yellow labs, one is completely nuts/hyperactive (he’s a rescue, my husband likes to say he’s a little “touched”). He wakes up at the same time every morning to be fed and he’s harder to tame then my newborn baby, for sure.

    • Haha! Your husband is a funny man. πŸ™‚ And it sounds like you have your hands full with 3 kids! Though I’m sure the adorableness (and love) more than makes up for those crazy mornings. πŸ™‚

  • Haha this is brilliant! All reasons why I’ll be sticking to houseplants for the time being πŸ˜‰ Maybe a goldfish someday, if I can train it to feed itself.

  • Yes!! All of this is so true! My sister constantly asks me when we are going to give her nieces and nephews and I always say “You have two, Gracie and Mac!!” (My dogs, duh!) They are just like children. I just told my husband the other day I wouldn’t mind being a stay at home dog mom πŸ™‚

    • My mom always wonders if I’m going to have children, but I always tell her that I have already given her grand-dogs. Since my sister just had a baby, I think she’s okay with this. LOL. And I think being stay at home dog moms should be our new life goals! πŸ˜€