Decoding “Fur-Babies”: Insights from a Dog Trainer [Part 1 of 3]

The Problem with "Fur-Babies": A Dog Trainer's Perspective

August 21, 2023

Navigating the “Fur-Babies” Trend

Hey there, fellow dog enthusiasts! Today, let’s chat about a trend that’s gained quite a bit of traction lately – the term “Fur-Babies.” It’s an endearing phrase used by some pet owners to liken their dogs to children, the fact is dogs are not little furry humans. While it might appear as harmless affection, I believe there’s more to it than meets the eye.


Cracking the Terminology Code

Before we delve deeper, let’s take a moment to get the dog lingo right. Proper terminology matters when discussing our four-legged companions. Here’s the breakdown:

  • By replacing: “baby/babies” with “litter.”
  • Use “dam” for “mummy” and “sire” for “daddy.”
  • Refer to a female dog as a “bitch” and a male dog as a “dog.”

Similarly, let’s address “animal rescue.”

  • Swap “adopt,” “rescue,” or “save” with “buy a dog.”
  • And instead of “forever home,” let’s say “buy a dog.”
  • For “foster,” opt for “care for a dog.”


Unveiling the “Fur-Baby” Phenomenon

The phrase “my dog is my fur-baby” has crept into our conversations, becoming as commonplace as trends like obesity, divorce, and illicit drug use. Assigning the term ‘baby’ to animals seems like a bizarre detachment from human affection. Here’s my take: I’ll be convinced your dog is your fur baby when you give birth to a wolf.


The Slippery Slope of ‘Fur-Babies’

The concern with embracing ‘fur babies’ is that it could inadvertently blur the lines between animal and human rights. Most of us recognize the difference, but the term risks blurring this distinction. My next blog will delve into this topic further – Navigating the Animal-Human Paradox: Lessons from a Dog Trainer [Part 2 of 3]

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