I call "bullshit" on people who try to compare their dog to a kid. Of course, the kid leash users among you don't help the argument much, but until I can go to work all day long with my kid locked in a crate (well, legally that is) then sorry, I win.
If I hear another person say "Oh, I know what you mean" when I try to describe doing something with my kids only to hear them say "well, I don't have kids, but I do have dogs!"
Yes, yes. Of course you know what it's like.
I will say, however, that the best parenting technique I ever learned was from a dog trainer. Or really, dog whisperer.
That's right. Everything I needed to know about how to deal with toddlers I got from Cesar Millan.
His concepts (paraphrased a bit here, of course) are simple:
1. Make sure you're the alpha dog in the pack.
2. Walk them into submission.
Seriously, what more do you need to deal with a rammy kid?
Now I wouldn't necessarily use that language, per se', but a kid who knows his parent is the boss and who gets enough exercise tends to listen much better. Their brains are clear. Or tired.
Either way, it works.
Granted I'm not walking my kid around the neighborhood on a leash. Nor am I using a clicker to get him to sit or stay (though there might be something to that).
I'm just instituting consistent consequences for bad choices and getting my kid outside as much as I can. And not surprisingly, I have a whole new kid.
So, all those parenting books? Meh. Just head to the pet section.