Dogs can be a lot of things. Sheet-stealing nighttime cuddle monsters. Tug-o-war “expert”. Carrot enthusiast. Non-stop napper. But while sometimes compared to toddlers on intelligence, it’s not a child.
It’s a dog. Pooches are to be treated differently than humans, especially for the canine’s benefit. “Furbabies”? What? Whatever happened to ‘Rover’? regardless of someone’s imagination, pups are not to be compared to children.
Sure there are similarities. But foremost, differences as well. Keeping these in mind is designed to maintain happy pets. Most importantly, they go a long way to prevent canine aggression. We’ve all seen them.
The so-called ‘fur babies’ on now even more ubiquitous non-baby strollers. What about those strolling by with ‘cutesy-pie’ clothes. At first blink, you might be forgiven for thinking that’s a toddler coming down the street.
Then there’s the unrelenting, ever-growing number of IG feeds. Showing pups next to media controllers, ice cream, a pizza slice, beverage bottles. With humanly-emotive tags like ‘Humpday Wednesday’. Sure, these animals may give off happy vibes.
Some could even swear to be looking at a smiling pet. Then you’d think about what happened to the ‘wolf’ part of the original ancestry equation. It may be that at this very moment you happened to have your pooch’s social media account open.
Maybe thinking on what type of coat to put next on the pup. Let alone wearing paw-shaped jewelry. So whoever hasn’t called an endearing dog by a human moniker, let it be the one to throw the proverbial 1st stone.
The point, we’ve all done it at some point. Maybe even wearing apparel with dog humanness messages. Some of us even thinking back plunking money on dog toys that are more aesthetic than practical. Now, this is not to say that having a pet dress-up is always wrong.
Or that being seemingly more caring among your pooch than your brood singles you out as a bad person. But before going overboard on human-pet social media posts, think first about the mental toll that makes your pup go through.