Kids and dogs. Dogs and kids. While caring for one isn't always the same as caring for another, the similarities between parenting a dog and parenting a child sure are obvious. Take, for example, the act of potty training. I swear, as a mom of two and an avid animal lover, potty training a dog and potty training a kid is essentially the same damn thing.
Of course, I'm not saying that these two experiences are exactly the same. Hell, potty training two children can feel like two completely different experiences. For example, my daughter took it easy on me. She listened to the instructions, decided she was ready to use the "big kid" potty, and simply used the toilet with relative ease. My son, on the other hand, was much more challenging. I still have to remind him to at least try going to the bathroom, because he's more than happy to hold it until he has an accident.
But I have to admit that when I was potty training my kids, more often than not I thought about what it was like to potty train my dogs. You guys, the similarities were very real. And thinking about potty training a puppy, to be honest, made the entire trying-to-teach-a-toddler-how-to-use-a-toilet thing a little less stressful. Laughter helps, my friends. So with that in mind, here are a few similarities between potty training kids and potty training puppies: