Great Debate: Is it ok to treat dogs as child substitutes?


The term ‘fur baby’ is used by some dog owners every day, but to others it’s a word that makes the skin crawl. More and more dog owners are treating their dogs as if they were children. It certainly means these dogs are given they very best, taken everywhere and showered with love – but does all this ‘humanising’ stop a dog from really being a dog? Do the words we use to refer to our dogs really matter?

What do you think about our latest Great Debate: Is is ok to treat dogs like child substitutes? The results of this Great Debate will be published in our upcoming March 2017 issue.

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