As an experienced dog owner ( I had had 3 dogs of my own before I had children), I thought I’d be fine when it came to child-training. My dogs were always well behaved and reliable; I believed that if I applied the same principles to my children, they would turn out that way too.
I can hear people rolling about on the floor, laughing their heads off at this notion but I’m not sure there are many of you reading this who haven’t been guilty of breaking one of their child-free idealistic judgey-pants notions at some point.
I simply didn’t know any better. I based my opinion on the observation that families with out of control dogs usually had badly behaved children; this isn’t surprising. If someone isn’t able to take the time and effort to teach their Labrador to sit nicely, and not jump up on people, then it’s unlikely they have been able to work out how to explain to their children that there are some situations where it’s important to sit down calmly, and stay quiet.