However, according to the survey , being included as another child in the family may not be all fun and games for dogs. Nearly 72 percent of dog owners with children apply the same disciplinary standards to their pooches as they do with their kids. Although they may be disciplined, dogs are also given special privileges in the home as well; including 62 percent that have their own chair, sofa, or bed, and 13 percent even have their own room.
Whether pet parents have children or not, certain parental activities remain common in households with dogs – 81 percent of dog parents know their pets’ birthdays, and have celebrated at least once, and 77 percent have admitted to buying their dog a present for their special day. Even when there’s not a special occasion to celebrate, 74 percent of pet parents said they like to share one meal with their dogs each day, with 75 percent choosing dinner as their favorite, a traditional time for the family to spend time together.
It is clear that the role of dog parent is constantly shifting and evolving, with each generation allowing dogs to play a larger and more prominent role in family life. According to the survey, nearly 60 percent of Americans believe they appreciate their pups more now more than their childhood dogs, while two in three dog parents also believe they are better parents to their dogs than their mother and father.
PUPPY PILLOW TALKWhat’s better than a parent who spoils their pup? A couple of parents treating their pooches like their children. Millions of dog parents across the country can’t stop talking about their favorite four-legged friends with their significant other. According to the Milo’s Kitchen ™ survey, dogs are dominating couples’ conversations, including 79 percent that say they talk about their dog more than politics, 55 percent that discuss topics including their dog more than their human friends, and 48 percent that chit chat about their dog more than their job. To get even more up close and personal with the average pet parent, 45 percent of survey respondents admitted that they discuss their dogs more than their relationship, and 57 percent say they and their partners devote more time chatting about their pups than sex.