Since having my son, I’ve seen first-hand the similarities between human developmental milestones and canine developmental milestones. And at times, it’s funny to see the parallels in behavior.
I’ve had my dog for more than seven years. I adopted her from the Whatcom Humane Society as a four-month-old puppy, so I’ve been able to witness first-hand her growth from being a rambunctious puppy to a mature middle-aged dog.
And since giving birth to my son nine months ago, I’ve noticed that he and our dog have similar mannerisms and are hitting similar developmental milestones.
I know some people are thinking, “How dare you compare your son to your dog!” I’m not saying they’re exactly alike, but I find it funny seeing all the similarities they have in their development. And it makes sense that animals and humans go through similar stages of development as they grow from babies to adults. Human milestones may be more spread out than canine or feline milestones, largely due to the longer life expectancy of humans. But, humans and furry creatures alike move from babies to adults and have to learn the skills that go along with that growth.
Here are some of the similar behaviors I’ve noticed:
Chewing on everything – my son is teething, which means everything goes into his mouth. And when I say everything, I mean ev-er-y-thing. Toys, paper, dust bunnies, hands, feet, the dog’s bone… the list goes on and on. But this is exactly what my dog did too as a puppy when she was teething. I used to come home from work wondering what item would be destroyed – shoes (always my favorites), pens, my glasses, xBox remote, cell phones… that list goes on and on as well.
Chasing items – My son has recently learned how to crawl quickly. And that means he’s wanting to follow anything that moves. So, we roll balls across the living room floor for him to go chase. And he scrambles after them, just like our dog does when we toss her the ball in the front yard. They both also follow us around the house as we do chores, especially when we’re in the kitchen.
Sleeping positions – Have you ever looked at a dog sleeping with its head at a funny angle, or on its back with its paws sticking straight up, and wondered how it could be even remotely comfortable? I wonder that same thing looking at my son in his crib sometimes. Just last night, he fell asleep with his knees tucked under his body, forehead on the mattress, and butt sticking up in the air.
Energy crashes – Most people have watched a puppy running around, and then it suddenly stops, drops to the ground and looks like it wants to sleep. Human babies do the same thing. My son will be crawling around, giggling and chewing on toys, and then he suddenly hits the proverbial wall and wants to crash.
Do you ever notice similarities between your kids and pets? What about your friends or family members and their pets?
Hi, I’m Kira. I joined Verity in early 2012 after a seven-year stint as a newspaper reporter. While I never thought my career path would veer off in this direction, I am loving my time at Verity. I recently moved from being a member services representative at the Alderwood Branch to being the marketing coordinator for the credit union.
I’m originally from Texas, but I have lived all over the country and the world, including Boston, Massachusetts, Anchorage, Alaska and Sydney, Australia. But in all my travels, the Pacific Northwest is the only place that has felt like home.
When not at work, I am usually home with playing with my son, husband, dog and three cats. During the rare times I don’t have a to-do list to plow through (and it’s not raining too hard), I can be found digging in the vegetable garden, training for a half-marathon, or grilling in the backyard.