Around my house I know better than to make any comparisons at all between child-rearing and dog training. But the internets ain't where I live and I don't think my wife reads this blog anyway, so here are a few things I can verify are true for each side:
- Yelling doesn't do much good when they don't understand you
- Punishment doesn't do much good if they don't know what they were supposed to do in the first place
- Repetition, repetition, repetition (especially when it comes to manners)
- You can't get around potty training
- Don't try to teach it until they're ready for it. You'll know when the light comes on and it's time to move forward.
- Too much talk can be counterproductive. Keep it simple.
- Praise even the smallest victories
- The older they get, the more the game turns mental
- Patience is not a virtue, it is the virtue
And then there are the strange similarities between kids and dogs....
- Both are somehow genetically programmed to look you right in the eye and do exactly what you just told them not to. I know they didn't learn this from me.
- The more you wish for quiet, the louder they get
- When they are quiet, something's up
- They never break their stuff, only your stuff
- Wherever they are when they finish playing with something is right where it belongs
- They have no clue how to contain their happiness
- There truly is nothing they won't put in their mouths