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Do you think you can train a pet to listen better than a child?

They're probably not a good idea. It seems to me like it's an easy out for doctors. But, I mean, if you can't control a kid in any other way, what are you going to do?

Jaden, 21
Brampton, Ontario  CANADA

You might be able to train a pet to follow instructions better than a child, but there is no way that you can teach a pet to understand better than a child.

Eric, 19
Beverly Hills
, CA  USA

Now there's a thought provoking question. A dog that is well trained will obey the commands of a good handler without hesitation. Their motivation is entirely to please their handler. A child has many other motivations to behave or not behave.

But both pets and children can be poorly taught or can be very spoiled and have terrible behavior.

I think if pure obedience is the goal, you'll have better success with a dog. Children/people are too strong willed for the most part.

Laura, 36
Lowell
, MA   USA

I've mostly had cats in my life and there is very little I have ever been able to do to get them to do what I like. Have to say that is the same for the various pre-teens I have worked with as well.

Felicia, 35
Lowell
, MA   USA

Definately I think you can train a pet to listen better than a child. I have 3 dogs and everyone that sees them say boy they listen better than children do.

Marci, 56
Diamond
, OH   USA

No. You can probably teach a pet to fear better, but not to learn better.

Fisch, 45
Preston
, CT   USA

Am I also allowed to train the child? Is it necessary for the pet to understand as well as to listen?

Jill, 60
Saylorsburg
, PA  USA

It depends what the pet is. You can teach a child to do far more than an animal anyway.

Shanna, 15
Cardiff  ENGLAND

Lol... hmm, probably...

Jeremy, 14
Highlands Ranch
, CO USA

I have four cats and a hamster, so the answer would have to be no.

etoile, 20 
Washington
, DC   USA

It probably depends on the individual young creature involved.

Jane, 60
West Linn
,
OR  USA

Yes, because pets don't have outside 'bad influences' that would try and make them do things, sort of like peer pressure

Melodi, 19
Gahanna
, OH   USA

Of course. When you train a dog it should always respond when it's name is  called. As much as parents wish and try, children are people and cannot be  "trained."

Tracy, 24
Ocean City
, NJ  USA

Depends on the kid and the pets. But there's an interesting idea for a comic book parody about an over-dramatic orphan with 17 parents: Catboy.

Alias Irrelevante

Why would you want to?

Karen, 21
Marshelltown/Ames
, IA  USA

No I don't think you can do that. Sort of an odd question, hehe.

Maggie, 20
Sandwich
, IL   USA

Pets reek of awesomeness...besides, I would take a pet over a kid 10 times out of ten...I prefer it if a pet doesn't listen to me....like the Legendary Big Guy Sarge...if ya smell, what the Rock...is cookin'

Mick, 30
Chicago
, IL   USA

no. . .

mothmc, 36
Los Angeles
, CA  USA

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