Have you ever noticed that toddlers are like puppies? We grew up with dogs and I’ve always hoped that one day I’ll get a puppy of my own. But then I realised toddlers are like puppies so I’ve probably already got enough on my hands!

Here are 10 reasons why I think they’re alike:

#1 They stand at the back door and whine to be let out in the garden.
You walk into the room and they turn around and look at you with their big ‘puppy dog eyes’ and if you don’t let them out, they sulk.

#2 They dribble everywhere.
Your clothes, your hair, all over your stuff. And they’ll lick your face.

#3 They are always hungry.
They look up from every meal expectant for more and they always have room for another biscuit.

#4 You will spend much of your time cleaning up after them.
Poo, wee, vomit, toys, dirt… Every day. All day long.

#5 If you leave the room you’ll inevitably return to find them chewing paper, your shoes, the furniture…
Why do they insist on chewing everything? Teeth marks left in furniture are a sure sign that you once had a puppy or a toddler.

#6 They’ll collapse exhausted and just a short nap will power them up again to full energy…
…and like the Duracell bunny, they’re off again!

#7 They need to be toilet trained. It’s messy.
They love weeing in the garden but they also love weeing in the house. Let’s be honest, they just love weeing anywhere. And, just when you think you’ve cracked the toilet training, they’ll wee on the floor again.

#8 They have sharp little teeth.
You’ll learn pretty quickly not to put your fingers near their mouths! They just can’t resist a nibble on a finger.

#9 They have an incredible ability to seek out hidden or forgotten about, food.
Whether it’s at the bottom of your handbag or behind a sofa cushion they’ll find it. They can find any food and when you go to re-hide the confiscated food you can guarantee they’ll find some more before you’re back.

#10 In spite of all the above, on the whole, they are so cute and cuddly you’ll forgive them all the poo and chewing!
Sure, in the moment, you may wonder why you every thought having one of these was a good idea, but at the end of the day when they’re snuggled on your lap and you’re stroking their hair you know you wouldn’t trade them for the world. It’s messy but it’s so worth it.


30 Comments

Kate - Five Little Stars · May 8, 2017 at 5:06 pm

Genius! ha ha fully love this. I have 2 toddlers and have been pining after having a puppy… this has really made me stop in my tracks and think a little more realistically… they are cute though…!!! Kate x

lesbemums · May 9, 2017 at 7:57 am

I have both a dog and a toddler and I can verify that these are spot on!

Brilliant post!!

mummysetra · May 9, 2017 at 9:39 am

Haha love this post – and all so true!! #twinklytuesday

Pass the wine please · May 9, 2017 at 2:24 pm

Very true! Mine is a proper biter sadly! x

All about a Mummy · May 12, 2017 at 9:02 pm

We are dog sitting a puppy at the moment and I honestly feel like I’ve been thrown back 3yrs into the midst of early parenting! It is exhausting!!! #twinklytuesday

mummascribbles · May 12, 2017 at 9:25 pm

Oh this is so fab! Who knew there were so many similarities! Thanks for linking up with #TwinklyTuesday

Lady Nym · May 14, 2017 at 9:42 am

Haha! Indeed. Though, if you have both dogs and toddlers you end up with other situations (like the dog trying to ‘clean up’ the failed potty training efforts if you don’t get there fast enough…or is that just my disgusting dogs?).

#TwinklyTuesday

    Annie · May 14, 2017 at 9:49 am

    Ha ha! Toddlers are also pretty quick to get into that mess but fortunately (hopefully) just their hands!!

Sophie van der Linden · June 18, 2017 at 8:25 pm

It’s so funny because it is all so true! I never thought about it before. How could i not notice these similarities?Haha!

Hannah · June 9, 2020 at 7:11 am

This one made me laugh. Describes my toddler to a tee 😂

Christy · June 9, 2020 at 7:15 am

We’re on the hunt for a fur-baby at the moment, and we’re 100% not sure whether to adopt a pup or a slightly older dog for the exact reasons above. But there is something just so magical about those puppy years!

Sarah Stockley · June 9, 2020 at 8:51 am

So true! I have 3 children and we got our dog 3 years ago. It was my first ever dog and I never realised just how much it would be like having a toddler. At least toddlers don’t eat the sofa!

Gemma · June 9, 2020 at 12:10 pm

I love this, especially the sharp teeth and clearing up – that’s definitely true! xo

Claire St · June 9, 2020 at 1:33 pm

Ain’t that the truth! As a mother of a 17 month old… I totally agree with each and every point!

Round Word · June 9, 2020 at 1:52 pm

I raised a child and about four dogs in this life. Now I have two other dogs (one of them still puppy). I don’t know if I could have a baby and a dog at home at the same time. I was probably going to the insane asylum. :)))

    Annie · June 12, 2020 at 7:56 am

    Ha ha! We definitely decided we couldn’t do dog and babies at the same time! Maybe once the kids leave home one day!

Nina · June 9, 2020 at 4:12 pm

Ha ha. I love this. And so true.

Marina · June 9, 2020 at 4:39 pm

Great article, so funny and definitely made me remember that time when my daughter was a toddler

Jenny | Parent blogging secrets · June 9, 2020 at 7:21 pm

We recently got a puppy and it’s just like having a toddler except they have sharper teeth!

jo · June 9, 2020 at 7:24 pm

Oh my gosh, this is so funny!! I had never thought about the parallels before! I have to confess to never having had a dog (sorry…cat person here) but this post did make me chuckle at the comparison.

    Annie · June 15, 2020 at 7:52 am

    Ha ha! We’ve never had cats so I don’t know if there are comparisons to be made?! Maybe teenagers become more catty with liking their own space and sleep!

Emma Reed · June 10, 2020 at 5:18 pm

Oh gosh it is so so true haha

Grainne Mcnamee · June 11, 2020 at 7:33 pm

So true!! I’ve just had a baby and dreading the toddler phase but with my past experience with my dog, this post gives me hope that I’ll get through it!

    Annie · June 12, 2020 at 7:55 am

    Congratulations! You definitely will – ours are so like puppies right now!

Stephanie · June 14, 2020 at 8:20 pm

Oh yes indeed! I used to socialise the assistance dog puppies, and had a puppy every year!! It was crazy in our house most of the time!!!!

    Annie · June 15, 2020 at 7:51 am

    Wonderful – must have been hard to give them up each time but I guess rewarding know what they’re going on to do.
    I feel very impressed my parents managed me and my brother and puppies!

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