74 responses

  1. Gitan
    February 15, 2013

    Both children and dogs are dependent, innocent beings who need love, attention, and care. Anyone who doesn’t grasp this has no business raising either.

  2. Whatever
    January 11, 2013

    I’d say that having a dog would teach you more about the sense of responsibility, caring and hard work required for raising a baby than say.. A house plant. Judging by your oversimplified description of how to leave a dog alone at home, you’ve clearly never had a puppy with potty training issues or severe separation anxiety.

    Besides, as human beings, most adults are biologically and instinctively capable of reproducing and then raising our young to adulthood.. Otherwise how would so many of us exist in the world in the first place?

    I hate how parents these days, once they have children, seem to think they are the only people who have ever existed that know anything about parenting. Nobody is perfect at parenting. Parenting is HARD. it’s hard for everyone, even for the most “prepared” people on the planet. I don’t remember a single teenager in my childhood saying anything like “You know who I think is awesome at disciplining me? My parents”. Lol.

    • Dominique Brown
      January 11, 2013

      You’re absolutely right.. my dog has never had potty training issues or separation anxiety. I guess I got lucky in that front. However, I think this comes down to merely training your dog properly. Since, this post, we’ve installed a doggy door and implemented a food/water bowl dispenser. Our dog is really on auto pilot and function as another adult in the house. Hell.. I even trained my dog to use the treadmill. I say that to say this… dogs are nothing like children. I don’t care how many pets you own, it will never teach your enough responsibility to care for a child.

  3. Joyce
    January 7, 2013

    I have a Golden Retriever which I love very much and yes, he is like a child. A very lovable child. He is the last of our Guild Dog puppies that did not make it into the program. Health issues kept him out of the program.
    Trying to understand his needs and train him has been a joy to our entire family.
    He is in his 12th year and is not expected to be with us much longer.

    Because we work from home we have been able to extend his life with love and care. Working from Home is great! It has given me extra time to spend with Family and Friends and our very large 2nd child.

    http://budurl.com/goldretobey2456

  4. Stephanie
    September 12, 2012

    The cost of raising a child is totally different from raising a dog, a bunch of dog foods could not ever gonna compensate an infant milk and food. Dogs were also sensitive but not as sensitive as the kids do and just simply consider the cost of having a dog and kid they are totally different more particular with the emergency fund that you need to prepare.

    • URFinanceSimple
      September 13, 2012

      I agree.. I'm about to have a kid of my own so I can test it out :-) On Thu, Sep 13, 2012 at 5:10 AM, YFS <yourfinancessimplified@gmail.com> wrote: approve

  5. mosquito trap
    July 16, 2012

    The responsibilities are equal. Only 1 parent can carry a child and breastfeed, but the other should be doing other things. Then after the age of 6 months (or much earlier if breastfeeding is not possible) either parent can do anything.

    • URFinanceSimple
      July 16, 2012

      How exactly are the responsibilities equal? My dog is so self sufficient now. I can leave her home alone (since we installed a doggy door) and she can function without me.

  6. Michelle
    July 6, 2012

    I'm a crazy dog person, and I can honestly admit that it's not the same. My dogs pretty much take care of themselves. I give them food and water, but they can let themselves in and out.
    My recent post My Money Obsession/Confession

    • URFinanceSimple
      July 6, 2012

      I'm a dog person as well and I feel the same way. I did have a dog person once argue, that dogs need more care than kids. I thought they were crazy! On Fri, Jul 6, 2012 at 4:11 PM, YFS <yourfinancessimplified@gmail.com> wrote: approve

  7. YFS
    December 7, 2011

    Woah 25 lbs! my dog is only 8 lbs.. I guess my dog is a more bichon than poodle. I'm assuming your dog loves food. My dog definitely is food based. I have to really limit the food she gets or she will eat until she gets sick.

    What kind of food do you give your dog?

    • Jana @ Daily Money S
      December 7, 2011

      He definitely loves his food and will literally do anything for it, including climbing in the dishwasher to lick the dishes.

      We feed both of our dogs Innova and Milk Bone Treats. They get people food sometimes–mainly carrots, peanut butter, chicken/turkey and bananas.

      • YFS
        December 7, 2011

        The real peanut butter is the culprit!! A tablespoon of it is a lot of calories.

  8. Jana @ Daily Money S
    December 7, 2011

    I'm not quite sure how tall he is (I do know that he's not much taller than my Bichon, but he is longer) and he's around 25 pounds. He had to go on a diet a few years ago and got down to 22 pounds. He quickly put that back on! But the poor thing has arthritis and a slight heart murmur so we're trying to work it back off. Putting a dog on a diet is hard!!!

  9. Jana @ Daily Money S
    December 6, 2011

    I love this post. Since I've become a parent, nothing annoys me more than people comparing their dog to my child. While they're are some similarities (extra money in the budget, responsibility, patience, cleaning up poop, etc), I can say with 100% certainty that raising my child has been nothing like raising my dog.

    Also, I have a bichon-poodle mix as well. He is the best dog ever!!! He's a big fatty, though, so we think he's a mix with a standard poodle rather than a miniature.

    • YFS
      December 6, 2011

      Team Bichon-poodle! How tall is your dog and how much does he weigh?

      I think people are ridiculous who think their dog is a kid. I understand having love for your animal. I love my dog. But, I recognize she is a dog not a human so I treat her accordingly.

  10. Brenda Nelson
    December 1, 2011

    It is true http://gomestic.com/pets/train-your-dog-like-you-… and the reverse is also true
    http://gomestic.com/family/teach-your-child-like-

    people do not like to think of it that way but the same training and pschology we apply to dogs can be applied to young kids

    • YFS
      December 3, 2011

      It looks like you're talking about a training prospective.. I'm talking from a preparation perspective

  11. vansshoe
    November 20, 2011

    Appraently no ,lol

    • YFS
      December 3, 2011

      What are your thoughts on the matter. Don't just take my word for it

  12. Lisa @ Dog Grooming
    November 17, 2011

    I'm a high believer that having a dog first can absolutely set you up for success for a child. It's like taking a mini step. It'll force you to take more responsiblity, give attention and be affectionate, make you think about what kind of plans and vacation plans you can make, make you think about when the dog has to eat or not… This will all inherently help you for when you have a baby.

    • YFS
      November 17, 2011

      I guess I can kind of seeing where you're going with this. But, as a dog owner I can honestly say having a dog has not provided me any insight or confidence in child rearing. Maybe, it is because I'm already use to a certain level of responsibility or maybe I'm giving my thoughts of the unknown, which, is raising a child too much credit.

      I see your link is about the Oster 78004 Powermax 2. How does that cipper compare to the Andis Ultra Edge? I current use the Andis Ultra Edge for grooming my Bichon Poo

  13. UltimateSmartMoney
    November 15, 2011

    Raising a dog could be like raising a child when the dogs start going to school. One of the big challenges as parents is to make sure your kids are receiving quality education and they are learning at a good pace. This is one of the most important responsibilities as parents. Parents must find a way to build strong foundation in education when kids are in elementary school. If you miss this opportunity, then it will be too late.

    • YFS
      November 15, 2011

      I could not agree more. It seems like more and more people rely on teachers only to teach their children. It starts at home!

  14. YFS
    November 14, 2011

    Sorry for not adding a disclaimer on how the first video ended. But, what do you mean I can't use a plant as a preparation tool for a kid! My hibiscus requires tons of attention :-)

    • Jami
      November 15, 2011

      lol

  15. Jami
    November 14, 2011

    My opinion of this post is 1) you should have some kind of warning on the first video. I probably would have watched anyway but then it would have been purely on me. And 2) your post seemed to not go into any benefits of having a pet. My opinion is that because I know for a fact old people and sick people are recommended pets and/or plants, that people who live alone (roommates don't count) should have a pet or plants. It gives them something to nurture, share their space with and love unconditionally. AND IN NO WAY SHOULD PETS OR PLANTS BE CONSIDERED BY SOMEONE PLANNING TO HAVE A BABY IN ORDER TO GET PREPARED FOR PARENTHOOD. (Sorry, but I am yelling).

  16. Fatima Rosales Naya
    November 12, 2011

    I raised a child first: that gave me the confidence to get the dog! I thought if I'd survived the sleepless nights, breast feeding, giving up my job, going on holidays and my social life, managed to cook special baby-friendly meals, teaching him to speak in English and Spanish, good manners and social skills, helping him with his school work and his own social life, then I could survive a dog too! And boy, that is literally just a walk in the park!

    Fatima

    • YFS
      November 12, 2011

      So I take it you agree the kid was much more of hassle than the dog. If you don't mind me asking what kind of dog did you get? Since, you got your dog after your kid was born was it any tension between the child and the dog. Was the dog being possessive of it's masters?

      • Fatima Rosales Naya
        November 12, 2011

        We got a Labrador Retriever 3 1/2 years ago at my son’s request, who was 15 at the time. My son has Asperger’s syndrome and I’d heard that a dog could help with his problems. I fell in love with the puppy from the moment I saw him and no way was I leaving him behind. We have all benefited greatly from having him around: I even took him to school when I was working full time and puppy couldn’t be left alone. My students loved him too and still ask about him now, 3 years later. There was never any problems with authority: I think we all know our place in this family.
        I love your dog and the toy you got to feed him. What a great idea! The video was very funny, by the way. Will share it with my family at the earliest opportunity.

      • YFS
        November 12, 2011

        Fatima if you have a Lab you might want to look into using a Kong Wobbler. My dog uses the small version of the Premier Kibble NIbble. Thank you for sharing your story! I would definitely appreciate it if you shared this post and the videos with friends and family!

  17. 101 Centavos
    November 12, 2011

    One advantage of kids over dogs, is that kids don't shed much.

    That is one funny video clip…

    • YFS
      November 12, 2011

      You're absolutely right about that. One of the traits we wanted in a dog was that it didn't shed and it had a good temperament around kids. That's why we ended up with a bichon-poodle. Do you currently have a dog or kid?

  18. funancials
    November 11, 2011

    Ahhh- I want a dog but I know I don't have the time to take care of one. I do think it's smart to purchase a pup to prove how unready you are for parenting.

    • YFS
      November 11, 2011

      I thought I didn't have the time to care for one either. The misses and I work roughly 12 hour days. That's a long time to be away from an animal. So we choose one that will work for our lifestyle. We also use unconventional means to crate/potty train. As you can see from my pictures our dog has an oversized kennel with room to use the rest room. I definitely say you should plan it out. You might find that you do have the time for one.

  19. Anna
    November 10, 2011

    OMG! This is just too much! There are people who spend more money on a dog than I'll ever going to on my three kids. Anyways, I think you are so right, there is no such dog in the world that can teach you and prepare you for having a baby! What can I say about the video? That was kinda' funny, but I was a bit shocked at the end…

    • YFS
      November 10, 2011

      The video did get a bit hectic at the end but I liked it because I definitely didn't expect it to end like that.

  20. Hunter – Financially
    November 10, 2011

    Haha. Great video(s). Our dog definitely feels like a 4th child. Unfortunately need to find a new home for her because she is just too wild for us.

    • YFS
      November 10, 2011

      Hunter did she get too wild after your last child or has she always been this way? What's different this time around?

  21. 20's Finances
    November 10, 2011

    Great post – and like many other comments, HILARIOUS video. :) Children can be quite expensive. While that is not the reason my wife and I don't plan on having kids, it is a nice perk.

    • YFS
      November 10, 2011

      If you don't mind me asking. What is your reason for not having kids? I know your friends and family are asking you this question all the time :-).

  22. Suba
    November 9, 2011

    I don't have a dog or a child, so have nothing to say, but the video was awesome.

    And I know someone who treats a dog better than family. Their dog grocery is more than the grocery for 3 people!

    • YFS
      November 9, 2011

      Dog food can get expensive! Especially, if you have a fairly large dog who can chow down. If you give them the good natural stuff it will cost about 3x the cost of the cheap crap in the box stores. But, if the dogs grocery bill is 3x the cost of the owners food bill. Something is wrong.. the dog is eating healthier or better than the owner. Wow!

  23. retirebyforty
    November 9, 2011

    That video was Hilarious! Yeah, raising a pet is not like raising a kid. Cats and dogs become self sufficient much faster than human, that's the price we pay for having big brains.

    There was a couple in the local news recently that crated their 2 down syndrome kids. Those people are going to jail

    • YFS
      November 9, 2011

      I was in tears watching this video. Mrs. YFS asked why was up laughing so hard. What in the world is wrong with people crating their kids? oh my god!

  24. Marie at FamilyMoney
    November 9, 2011

    There is just no comparison between how you feel about your child compared to your dog. I'm of the camp that says nothing will prepare you for having a baby – not even having your first baby. Each kid is so much different!

    • YFS
      November 9, 2011

      Wow, why do you believe even after the 1st child one isn't ready?

  25. Miss T @ Prairie Eco
    November 9, 2011

    I think there are some similarities but kids are still more work and you have to be well aware of that before you have a child. If you aren't ready for what is involved then disaster is inevitable. Great analogy.

    • YFS
      November 9, 2011

      What similarities are there?

  26. Kellen @ Accountant
    November 9, 2011

    They didn't say getting a puppy was exactly like raising a child – but especially for people who are unprepared for responsibility, proving that to themselves on a puppy first may be a good thing.

    Sure, you can crate your dog, but you'll have to come home from work to let it out before you can go out to party. Regular maintenance might not be so much, but what if your dog develops a tumor, and you suddenly realize that your budget is not set up for emergencies like these? I've known many people suddenly bail out on having the dog because even THAT level of maintenance is too high from them.

    THEN you look at how much "work" your dog is, and project that 100 times to a child, and you realize you're not ready.

    If you're a good dog owner, you'll realize that you have another living being's entire life under your control, and again, project that feeling 1000 times to having a child.

    I don't think anyone thinks you can "prepare" for parenthood by raising a puppy, but it's an interesting test of how you behave when you're raising something small and helpless.

    • YFS
      November 9, 2011

      Unfortunately, I've had friends give up their dog over the cost of a surgery. But, that did not discourage them from wanting kids. Hopefully, it let them know they need to establish a certain level of emergency funds for when "life" happens to their future children.

      • Jason@LiveRealNow
        November 10, 2011

        I'd give up my pets if the surgery cost was too high, but I wouldn't do that with with my kids.

      • YFS
        November 10, 2011

        Jason I would be interested in what you consider too high?

      • LT
        November 10, 2011

        More than the price of a new dog

      • YFS
        November 10, 2011

        Do you have children or a pet LT?

      • LT
        November 11, 2011

        i have kids. I've had pets, but I dont consider the pets to be equivalent to children.

      • YFS
        November 11, 2011

        I just noticed your last comment said "more than the price of the dog" I got my pooch for 270. It was a steal! I would definitely put about a few thousand into her for a surgery if I needed too. But, I have that saved up in an emergency fund just in case.

        I'm with you on the pets are no way near equivalent to kids. What do you think about my newest post on grocery shopping?

  27. Eric J. Nisall – Dol
    November 9, 2011

    I've seen some people treat their dogs better than some kids get treated: fully clothed, multiple outfits, decked out in doggie bling, special car seats, strollers. To me, it's just weird. Then the grooming and food costs that some of those people spend are through the roof. I've never had either (yet) so I can only speak from the things I've seen.

    • YFS
      November 9, 2011

      I've seen the same as well. I spoil my dog but I can't do the clothes thing. That is just odd to me. Grooming costs a ton of money. Grooming my dog costs 80 dollars a pop! and I would have to do that every 2 weeks because her hair grows so fast. To cut down on costs I went out and bought all the grooming supplies now she gets a hair/wash/nail trim etc etc at home. But, a kid will still cost more even if I didn't groom myself.

  28. Chris Stefan
    November 9, 2011

    Taking care of a child is EXACTLY like taking care of a dog…if you don't mind tying your child to a stake in the yard while you're at work.

    • YFS
      November 9, 2011

      hahah.. some parents might tend to agree with you. Some people use leashes on their kids when going for a walk.

    • Jason@LiveRealNow
      November 10, 2011

      I tried that. It worked okay for the kid, but the cops were angry when I got home.

      • YFS
        November 10, 2011

        hahaha.. I bet a lot of parents wish they could crate their kids. Kids sure do know how to work on your nerves. I know I pissed my mother off a few times

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