1. Begging for food
The types of food they'll beg for will be different--I've never had a dog that was particularly covetous of my breakfast banana, but toddlers are similarly disinterested in a steak dinner--but the devotion to impeding your enjoyment of your meal until you share is something your children will pick up quickly by watching Scruffy.
2. Shaking off after a bath
At least when the kids sprint naked across the floor after a bath, they won't be leaving muddy paw-prints.
3. Eating things off the floor
Is that a relic of last night's dinner, or an old toenail clipping? It doesn't matter, to either Fluffy or Junior, who will soon share the same talent for finding obscure and, more likely than not, disgusting artifacts on the kitchen floor.
4. An interest in poop
Ughhhh. Why are toddlers are so emotionally invested in making a grab for the contents of their dirty diapers during a change? Surely the poop-sniffing, poop-eating family dog is somehow to blame.
5. Going nuts at the prospect of a car trip
The dog's enthusiasm for the idea of getting to ride in the car with the windows down is truly contagious. All you have to do is start looking for your shoes and both kids and pets sense something is up. Something AMAZING. Like a trip to the grocery store, or maybe even Target! Hooray!
6. Fear of the doctor
Just as they can sense an imminent car trip, dogs know when that car trip's destination is the vet, which provokes the exact opposite reaction. Trying to reassure either a dog or a small child by telling them, "It's okay, I'm sure they won't give you a shot this time" is equally ineffective (and probably equally untrue).
7. Chewing things to death
It doesn't take long after seeing a dog rip the shreds out of a stuffed toy to trigger the thought in a newly-toothed toddler's mind: "Hey, I should try that!" Books, toys, stuffed animals, the tax documents you left on too low of a table--all will soon give way to the path of havoc the kids and pets will wreak throughout your home.
8. Leaving nose-prints on the windows
What's out there? A bird? An interesting cloud? A leaf? Absolutely nothing at all? It doesn't matter, because soon you won't be able to see anything at all out your windows through the smear of nose-, finger-, and tongue-prints covering everything.
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