We had a couple of dogs growing up, but they were outdoor dogs and had rotten behavior. They weren't allowed to really be a part of the family. I have never considered myself an animal person -- still don't -- but I am rather enjoying this dog. I wanted an indoor dog because I think they are typically better behaved. Plus, we have a pool and not a great backyard for a dog. I am also grossed out by the fur of an animal that lives outside most of the time, tracking it in the house.
My sister doesn't have any children, and I remember when she held Darcy as a new baby, she was stiff as a board. She held her arms straight out, totally awkward. The baby didn't mold to her body. It was painful to watch! She had no idea what to do with a baby! That is how I feel with a puppy. I have no idea what to do or how to train it. We got the dog on "class night" and I was asking several couples about different things with the puppy. Over the course of the week, I have gotten more advice on how to train a puppy!
The conclusion I've come to is that people parent their babies like they do a puppy. Some of the advice I've gotten this week in regards to the puppy reminds me of things I've heard about parenting a baby.