Discussions about Gunny's new baby reminded me of a co-worker from years ago. She was a self-proclaimed expert in many areas. At the time, she was raising a new puppy. She wasn't suggesting -- she KNEW -- that puppies are more work than babies the first year. SAY WHAT?! (Do I need to mention that she was not a parent at the time?)
I'd like to hear from people who can speak for both. I know dogs (and babies) are all different, but which is harder to deal with the first year?
I don't have kids. But I used to babysit a 2.5yr old and 2 week old for 8 hours every Saturday night. After dealing with Riley, the most hyper puppy in the world, I can say that I'd take him over the newborn anyday.
My heavens that someone would think that a DOG was harder than a child? The pup can be put in a crate, outside,or whatever if you need to cook, or answer the door or do the thousand things, that you must do around taking care of a BABY because that baby's needs come first and as much as I love my dogs, they don't come first,especially if something urgent comes up...
First of all - the lack of sleep.. true, with a puppy you lose some sleep... but you don't worry so much about the ramifications of letting a puppy "cry it out".
Second - the advice... everyone is an expert with babies... and they're not afraid to tell you EXACTLY how you should do everything.
Expectations... As new parents we expect ourselves to be able to do it all... keep a clean house, make dinners, keep ourselves clean and tidy and made up, take care of baby... and when we can't do it ALL - we feel like failures. With a puppy... heck, people expect there to be some pee on the rug... puppy's have accidents.
Puppys don't stay baby's quite as long as a baby stays a baby. Give me a baby that I can potty train within the first 6 months of their life... LOL!
THE STUFF! When I take my puppy somewhere... I take a leash, a bowl, some water, some treats, plastic poop bags and a towel - and a cage if we're going overnight. With a baby - you have the car seat, the clothes, the diaper bag, the diapers, the stroller, the high chair, the toys, (bottles if you don't want to send the world in an uproar apparently), wipes, pacifiers, the list goes on and on and on....
What do you DO with them? You need to go out... you either take a kid with you or hire a sitter or go to a daycare. With a puppy - you can put them in a cage and leave.
Kids are definitely harder than dogs... and there's a reason for it... if my son had been as easy as my dogs were - I might have more than one kid!
At the time, I was eavesdropping on her conversation in the next cubicle. I almost shot Diet Coke out my nose! I thought her comment was ridiculous. But now that I'm faced with the real possibility of a new puppy soon, and I wanted to make sure I wasn't kidding myself (no pun intended).
***Edited By: NoDogYet on 8/4/2006 3:17:07 PM*** Reason: +
Puppies don't get colic. Puppies don't have green poopy diapers which go up their back and onto their sheets. Puppies can be put in a crate and left home alone. Puppies don't need to be bottle fed every 2 hrs, more like every half hour when the kid takes an hour to eat.
puppies are much easier. Human infants are so much more helpless, puppies can feed themselves, all you have to do is make the food available. pups can be crated. they already know how to walk. if the dog barks and is loud at night. i put them in a kennel outside. It is realtivley fast and quick to potty train a dog. and i have way more experince with pups.
pups are a piece of cake compared to babies.Dogs dont talk,they cna be put away.They dont need fed constantly,dont need changed constantly and dont cry or need to be held all the time.They also dont live as long.LOL
If I were to compare a puppy to Makenzie...hrmmm a puppy would have been harder lol. When she was a new baby all she wanted to do was sit in her car seat! You could leave her there for days and she would be happy. For the first three weeks of her life she slept in her carseat in the crib, no lie, that's where she wanted to be. But after she started crawling....I would have taken 6 puppies lol!
Well...I love babies, so to me they're not "work" at all, and the newborn stage (to me) is the EASIEST. I've always been baffled by day cares charging more for infants, they're easier to contain, if you meet their needs most are happy.... So which is easier a baby or a puppy, Hmmm, I guess I'd have to say if you have babies like my own were, babies are easier, if you have a baby like the last one I babysat full time days. (Ear infections, vomiting, a miserable baby all in all) then puppies are easier. --After I stopped watching him we got Baxter the following week (child was almost 3 by then) and I found Baxter eaiser than him.