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Little Boy and His Dog

Video:  Little Boy and His Dog

A two year old boy and his dog Toby spend the day together, being friends. It’s an amazing little video that highlights the bond between a boy and his dog.

This is a great a video.  Touches everyone’s heart, especially if you had a dog when you were younger.  But in reality, not all pet and child relationships work out this well.  Each story is different.  Not to be the wet blanket, but in general:

Dogs and Children (the other side of the coin)

Young children and dogs should never be left alone and unattended even for a moment. Young children generally do not have proper dog etiquette and dogs do not understand a child’s behavior. This can result in tragedy with any breed of dog. And many breeds are not recommended for homes with young children. Many breed’s and dog behavior can result in conflicts with small children. Small dogs are generally not good with children because children are too rough, too loud and too fast moving for them. But each dog and child relationship should be considered individually.  Remember the little boy and dog in this video are being supervised.  After all someone is filming…

It is great for a child to grow up with a pet, but always with supervision.  And unless you already have the pet when your child is born, it is better to wait until your child is old enough and calmer so they can relate to the needs of the pet and help take care of them. There are always exceptions to every rule.  Some breeds and individual dogs are extremely patient and great with kids… even young ones, like the one on this video.  And some kids love pets and have the perfect demeanor even at a young age.  Generally, however, it is better when the dogs are out of the puppy stage, so you are not dealing with 2 babies, and even better when the child is a bit older.

If you know your child has a tendency to be unkind or troubled… do not get them a pet; get them a psychologist! Let us remember that animals are live creatures and not toys or possessions.

And every parent needs to understand that somewhere along the way, your child is going to get nipped or scratched.  It is part of growing up with a pet.  Don’t over react!  A pet should be part of the family and no family member is perfect!

Kind of two opposite perspectives here…  But always better to be realistic!

June 27, 2011 Posted by | animal behavior, animals, Dogs, Help Familie Keep Their Pets, Just One More Pet, Man's Best Friend, Pets | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Warning Signs That Your Child’s Behavior Is Dangerous To Pets

Little Girl

Children are naturally interested in interacting with—and getting a reaction from—the family pet. It’s not uncommon for them to hide food, play a little too rough, play dress up with the pet or put makeup and hair products on her. In these situations, parental guidance is needed, as a pet may feel uncomfortable or suffer harm if dangerous substances are ingested.

More serious, however, is when a child intends to hurt an animal. Whether the cause is peer pressure or a cry for help, true malicious animal cruelty is not a behavior that children outgrow by themselves. Professional intervention may be needed to prevent behavior problems that can stay with a child into adulthood, and even be acted out on other human beings.

The following behaviors may indicate that intervention is needed to guide your child away from cruel behaviors toward animals:

  • Chasing a fleeing pet
  • Locking a pet in a closet
  • Leaving a pet outdoors
  • Knowingly or unknowingly feeding a pet harmful human foods.
  • Feeding human medications that are dangerous to pets to see what effect the pills will have
  • Placing a tight rubber band around a paw
  • Painting a pet’s body
  • Putting a small animal in a washing machine, microwave or other appliance
  • Staging fights between dogs or letting one animal chase another
  • Deriving pleasure from seeing a frightened or suffering pet
  • Responding to adult reprimands by engaging in secretive, hostile acts toward the pet
  • Burning an animal
  • Teasing an animal with firecrackers
  • Repeatedly showing off the inhumane handling of a pet to others
  • Putting an animal in dangerous situations, such as dangling her outside a window or bringing her into the road

Taking Action

If you discover your child repeatedly putting an animal into dangerous situations, act swiftly to teach him that these behaviors are not acceptable. The following guidelines may help:

  • Do not ignore or dismiss pet-unfriendly actions. Most children, when dealt with as though they’ve committed a serious offense, will think twice before repeating the behavior.
  • Use the same serious tone of voice that you would use if you saw your child running across the street without stopping to look for oncoming traffic.
  • A simple, clear statement such as, “We don’t hurt animals” is far more effective than lecturing.
  • If your child persists in hitting, kicking, pinching or teasing your pet in spite of your repeated corrections, consult with your pediatrician or an expert in child development.
  • You set the example. Never hit, shake, jerk or yell at your family pet—your child may imitate you and go too far.
  • If you overreact in anger toward your pet, show your child that it’s all right to apologize to the pet, just as you would apologize to a person.
  • If your teenager involves the family dog in high-risk activities such as dog fighting, not only should you intervene, but check in to see if your child is being influenced by alcohol, drugs, gambling or other unhealthy behaviors that involve peer pressure.
  • Remember that for most children, learning empathy and respect toward animals is part of the normal socialization process. These values are instilled the same way as learning not to hit friends or tease mercilessly.

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March 7, 2009 Posted by | Animal Rescues, Animal Rights And Awareness, Just One More Pet, Pet Abuse, Pet Friendship and Love, responsible pet ownership, Stop Animal Cruelty, We Are All God's Creatures | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments