Do you consider your dog your child?

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Puppies Rule!
Barked: Mon Dec 15, '08 10:33am PST 
Hi all,
I'm the owner of two dogs who I totally treat as my kids and I'm also a student at SF State University. I'm doing a term project on Urban Dogs and how people in the cities (especially SF) treat their dogs as members of the family or their kids. I would love input on anyone on this topic. What do you think? Do you think of your dog(s) as your children? If so, why do you think that's so?
Mr.- BoJangles

Behaving doesn't- always work for- me
Barked: Mon Dec 15, '08 12:00pm PST 
No, I don't think of them as children, but they are part of my family. If someone (a human) doesn't like my dogs they are not to come to my home. My dogs are allowed on the furniture, my schedule totally revolves around them, my money goes towards their needs and they are my world.

Occasionally I joke that Bo is my son, or call all the dogs the kids, but I don't mean it. Also, they do wear jackets and Winnie has a stroller, but she also is partially handicapped.

I consider them family more than anything.

Fresh as a- Daisy!
Barked: Mon Dec 15, '08 12:12pm PST 
i don't think of daisy as my child. she's way better than children; she's a dog! people who treat their dogs like children generally have dogs with behavior issues b/c their psychological needs aren't being met.


Hello. Allow me- to introduce- myself...
Barked: Mon Dec 15, '08 2:54pm PST 
I don't treat any of mmy pets like children. I love them all to death, but I don't consider myself Britt's mom or anything. Brittany has alot of freedom too, but once agian I don't consider her my child.

I'm huntin'- wabbits
Barked: Tue Dec 16, '08 6:51am PST 
I love Uno dearly and him being my first dog, hes a bit spoiled, but theres a fine line between treating your dog with love and respect and dressing them up and taking around in stroller and showing off to neighbors, thats pushing it. Dogs have a completely different psychology from a human, and I think that should seriosly be taken into consideration. Dogs arent babies, they may be cute with large bulging eyes, but they arent babies. Its important to remember that they are descended from wolves and have a pack mentality, and will likely lose respect for their owner if you put them on a pedestal. I'm all for treating animals well and it angers me when people consider dogs , just dogs, and put them on chains or abuse them with no regard to their well being. Its important to treat the dog well but use common sense and interpret their body language accordingly.
☆- Payson- ☽

Veni,- vidi,- velcro...
Barked: Tue Dec 16, '08 1:50pm PST 
I don't live in an urban area... we're country folk. I consider my dogs partial children, if you will... they eat and sleep outside, but during the day are almost constantly with me. I have a two and a half year old daughter, and I don't call the dogs her brother and sister, but they are like kids in that they are very important, vital members of the family.

I don't spoil them, and we don't spoil our human daughter either.

tennis ball- destroyer
Barked: Tue Dec 16, '08 2:49pm PST 
Umm yeah, but, he is a well-rounded child. We have rules and boundries. No crazy maniacs who think they can have whatever they want in this house!

Barked: Tue Dec 16, '08 3:44pm PST 
I don't know if I treat my dog like a kid, 'cause I've never had a kid. I do think a dog is good practice to see how you'll be with a kid. So far I've discovered I'd be over-protective, and under-authoritarian and my kids would be sweet, untrained, itchy little balls of fur. So yeah, I think I'll stick with screwing up dogs for awhile. big laugh
Tucker John

Home at last
Barked: Tue Dec 16, '08 5:36pm PST 
The dogs are part of the family, but they are NOT children. I really disagree with dogs being treated as humans/children, because it really confuses them and causes behavioral issues. Part of the family, of course, just four legged hairy family members with pack mentality.
Brittany- "Bee"

Napping is- GOOD...
Barked: Tue Dec 16, '08 6:35pm PST 
I do treat my dog (and cats) like a part of the family but not like my child. They have to have rules and you can't "baby" them too much. My husband tends to spoil them rotten but is finally learning that rules are a good thing. Brittany would walk all over us if we let her. I do think there are some obligations that we make that treat her like a child- health is the big one. I will spend every penny to keep her healthy and happy. I am urban so I have more resources to specialists. My relatives think I'm crazy- she has a cardiologist (heart murmur) and an optometrist (cherry eye) in addition to her family doctor. But you make a commitment to them when you adopt them. I do dress her up but more like a dog then a child.
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