The chapter explores a phenomenon that is evident in contemporary relationships between people and dogs whereby a question emerges: What is the role of dog as baby in the process of becoming parent? This is a serious inquiry about the role a dog may play, from helping someone prepare for parenthood to being a substitute for a baby when parenting, for a variety of reasons, may not be an option. The chapter raises questions about the levels of responsibility required in relationships with dogs and babies. A dog is frequently acquired to teach a child about care and responsibility but this dynamic can apply to adults as well. Stories and visual materials that are available in the media and popular culture are presented as well as the author’s own reflections and experiences discussed in relation to the work of Deleuze and Guattari (Anti-Oedipus: Capitalism and schizophrenia, University of Minnesota Press, Minneapolis, 1983; A thousand plateaus: Capitalism and schizophrenia, University of Minnesota Press, Minneapolis, 1987). Various ethical issues are raised and different perspectives are presented. The chapter also considers the impact of being a baby substitute on dogs’ reproductive and parenting rights. Overall, the chapter argues that the role of dogs in terms of becoming parent needs to be recognised and valued.
|Title of host publication||Children, Dogs and Education|
|Subtitle of host publication||Caring for, Learning Alongside, and Gaining Support from Canine Companions|
|Editors||Mary Renck Jalongo|
|Place of Publication||Cham Switzerland|
|Number of pages||13|
|Publication status||Published - 2018|
Bone, J. (2018). Becoming parent: the role of dog as baby in learning how to care. In M. R. Jalongo (Ed.), Children, Dogs and Education: Caring for, Learning Alongside, and Gaining Support from Canine Companions (pp. 95-107). Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-77845-7_5