By Tamara McRill
Do you hesitate to let your dog or cat do anything outside or even inside of the home without your supervision? Or maybe you’re quick to give them extra tips and hints during training or games. You’ve probably at least heard the phrase “helicopter parent,” but have you ever stopped to consider that you may be a helicopter pet owner?
Hovering Isn’t All Bad
If you constantly hover over your pet and manage every aspect of their lives, as well as try to solve all of their problems, you just might be a helicopter pet parent. I’ve given this some serious consideration and have to admit that, to some extent, I am. As our dog Cody gets older, I notice we do way more for him, whether he needs us to or not, and monitor everything he does that much closer.
Now this type of parenting has bad connotations, but helicopter pet parenting isn’t necessarily all bad. Like with most things, it depends on how far you take it. Although it does seem easier to take it too far with our pets than with children, since our fur babies are constantly in our care.
As long as we realize our pets deserve to make their own choices at times and need to be self reliant to a certain extent, a little hovering won’t hurt them. It’s when the hovering turns to smothering that there can be a problem. Are you wondering if you may be a helicopter pet parent? Take this short quiz to find out!
Helicopter Pet Parent Quiz
1. When your dog or cat drops a toy just out of their reach, you
A. May not even notice, if you’re not watching at the moment.
B. Glance to see if it’s near breakables or has fallen behind the couch.
C. Jump up and go get it for them.