As a pet owner, I think it is our responsibility to make sure that our kids don’t beat up on our pets. Obviously. I hear about parents who have to give up their pet because it bites their kid or snapped at it or anything, and while I agree that once something like that has happened, you should remove the pet from the home. I also think it’s preventable, most of the time.
I love my dog like a child. Not only do I want my child to be safe but I don’t want my wild kid hurting my dog either. Lily is the prime age for interacting with the dog and also learn how to treat animals nicely.
Lily starts out petting him nice but then gets excited and starts smacking. I know she doesn’t mean to hurt him, she’s just loving him, but I can see he’s frightened. I have make sure to take him away and also teach her the difference between being nice and too rough. I have to teach her every time by just taking her hand and having her very gently pet him.
She’ll be nice for a week, then start getting too excited again and starts to hit, it’s an on going thing. It is tedious but I’m okay with teaching Lily not to hit and to make sure my dog is taken care of.
I haven’t bought a book about it yet because what really can it tell me but I may pick up one any way to see if there is anything I’m missing.
What are your techniques in teaching you child to respect animals? Let me know!!