Why say dog owner, say dog parent – it bonds lives better
When you say dog owner or dog parent, the difference lies in the perspective of the relationship you have with your dog. Owning someone represents possession, control, responsibility, and making decisions on their behavior, actions, and life. It encourages the thought of considering animals as assets which further puts them under the controversial topics of using animal for farming and commercial purposes.
In contrast, dog parent implies love, emotion, a sense of responsibility, and care for the dog’s well-being. As dog parents, humans can recognize their needs and interest, and similar to their children, they can willingly and selflessly fulfill that. As fur parents, accountability lies on the parents to provide them love, care, food, shelter, and all the necessities and luxuries that gives them a happy and healthy life.
Let’s see how language greatly affects viewing their relationship with us. We connect emotionally with our pets when we refer to ourselves as dog parents. We convey the feeling that we will do everything exactly the same way as we do for children and loved ones. We look after their desires and needs for having a joyful living in a healthy family. We will sacrifice our share of joy and add that to their pleasure. Whereas, when we say we are the dog owners, we bring in the concept of a transactional relationship. When referring to ourselves as dog owners, we indicate that the dog is our tangible asset rather than a family member or a companion. The term dog owner gives the responsibility aspect more weight than the bond of love. The parental-child special connection of being natural takes a complete dip.
In short, being dog owners or dog parents, we are responsible for looking after the dog we have in our care. By using the term dog parent, we definitely emphasize the natural bond with the dog and position it as our family member. So next time when you take your dog out for a walk and if someone asks its name, consider saying my child’s name is _________.