10 Ways having a puppy is like having a toddler (and two ways it's not)

Nov 12, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. ET

Considering buying a puppy because it's easier than kids? Careful. There are a few things both puppy parents and toddler parents know.

1. It's totally possible to destroy a toy within five minutes of getting it

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2. People may not say anything out loud, but sometimes you just know people don't want you around

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3. Cleaning up pee and poop is just another part of your everyday routine

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4. The words "this is why we can't have nice things" start to become a mantra

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5. Nothing is sacred

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6. Brushing their teeth is an ordeal... Every. Single. Time.

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7. You don't remember what a full night's sleep feels like

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(Seriously, though… is that John Malkovich?)

8. Flavored medicine means you'll only need to trick them a little (at least the first time)

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9. Everybody loves books in his or her own way

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10. They'll eat you out of house and home

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But that doesn't mean toddler and puppy parents have everything in common.

1. Kids don't shed enough to make a full-size replica of themselves in a month

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2. Nobody ever asks you when you're going to have another puppy

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