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How do I teach my toddler about interacting with our pets?

Our daughter thinks pulling our dog's tail and ears is really amusing. How do we teach her to "make nice to the puppy"?

Re: Our daughter thinks pulling our dog's tail and ears is really amusing. How do we teach her to "make nice to the puppy"?

The Bump Expert

For starters, never, ever leave your toddler unsupervised around your pet. Rover may have just one last patient ear or tail pull in him before he loses his temper.

Teach her not to approach the dog when he’s asleep under any circumstances, how to react when the dog growls, and discourage her from putting the dog’s toys or food in her mouth, which a possessive dog could read as a threat. Read books about pets to your child so she can learn more about furry friends. And involve your child in pet caretaking responsibilities, like feeding, bathing, brushing, playing, and walking so she’ll understand that pets are creatures we love and respect.

Oh, and tell her to stop pulling Rover’s tail!

The Bump Editors

How do I teach my toddler about interacting with our pets?

This is the most unhelpful answer ever. The questions is, HOW do we teach our toddler not to pull the dog's tail, etc. Telling us that we should teach something is not telling us HOW to teach it. My 17 month old tries to ride our dog, among many other things, and telling him not to has no affect. He thinks it's fun, so he keeps doing it. Thank goodness the dog is very patient and gentle, but I'm guessing his patience will only last so long. So, Bump "Experts," can we get an actual answer to this question?

PlumDog |

How do I teach my toddler about interacting with our pets?

Im not an expert, however i have a 17 month old little boy too! We have two dogs and two cats. He is extremely ruff with them. However ive personally found that taking his hand and rubbing the the animals gently is sweet and i tell him that while he does it i say "be sweet to the babies, be sweet" and he just smiles and wants to go back to jumping on the dog and grabbing up the kitties. but over time (2 months) he has gone from pulling tails, picking kittie up and dumping her, riding the dog like a horse----to trying to pet them (nicely) and picking kittie up and giving her a gentle hug, it takes patience and time, but he is learning you just have to keep on repeating the correct way. And i never stop the dog or cat from running away from him, and i tell him be sweet and they will be sweet. He may not be able to talk very well, but he understands very well! i hope this will help a little, each child is different and like i said im not an expert but this did work for me.

amykeithbryson1 |

How do I teach my toddler about interacting with our pets?

Last week I took my dog to the veterinary Tucson cabinet and I've asked his vet about how to handle my pet dog when my child arrives. Fortunately, my dog is not very possessive and a slow introduction to my baby will allow him to adjust rather quickly. I am never to leave the two alone unsupervised and my baby will have to learn not to anger the dog.

DavieAlvin |

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This is to Plum Dog. You are so obnoxious. The comment made clearly stated how the woman taught her son to treat the dog. It actually was stating HOW to teach if you read it properly. If you want an expert opinion then consult a trainer..a professional for goodness sake, not the Bump website. Grow up

wine22girl |

How do I teach my toddler about interacting with our pets?

I'm not a parent, but a know a couple which has a lot of experience with these things. Both of them can make serious careers in teaching kids how to act with their pets. One of them is a veterinary and the other one is a psychologist.

RonAbner56 |

How do I teach my toddler about interacting with our pets?

I understand your concern. I work as a media analyst. I believe that if I manage to teach my daughter how to behave, then I took a good leap in educating the community. We should educate our child firstly, then we should focus on the social environment.

TawnyCollyn |

How do I teach my toddler about interacting with our pets?

I, for one, can't stand dogs, so I believe there is no need to reinforce better study habits for your kid. As long as it's your dog, no harm will come to her. She will eventually understand what's going on or she'll get bored with it and stop it.

GaleChandler |

How do I teach my toddler about interacting with our pets?

Oh, it's not so hard to teach her some good manners regarding puppies, because it's not online schooling, you can talk to her and get a feedback, as well. Tell her the dog is also hurting when she pulls him by the ears and tails and that he cries. You've got to admit, it's funny to do that, though.

LindsaySkye |

How do I teach my toddler about interacting with our pets?

I honestly do that, too, but I have a cat and it's safer to do it. However, there's no personal development for students class that teaches you how to restrain your toddler from doing this. It all depends on his temper.

CheyanneEdith |

How do I teach my toddler about interacting with our pets?

It's actually pretty simple, you don't have to learn a new technology to make him stop pulling their tails. All you have to do is pet them and show him how it's done, he's at the age when he learns by imitating. Don't be afraid to show some love!

jessicanaoko |

How do I teach my toddler about interacting with our pets?

Well, the first piece of advice is NEVER EVER EVER leave baby and pet together unsupervised, even if your pet is very patient. Even accidents can really hurt the baby, and the dog will usually pay the price. As far as ear and tail pulling, my 17-month-old son started that for a little while, and I found it helped to intervene and physically take his hand away and make him stop. Then I would give him a sad face and tell him "please don't pull the puppy's ears/tail, it hurts her and makes her sad." If he persisted, I would take hi hand away again, and tell him that if he did not stop, he could no longer play with the puppy. If he tried again, I would separate them and keep him away from the dogs for a little while. I would tell him that since he would not stop pulling ears/tail, he could not play with the puppies right now. It's pretty much the same process I use when he's misbehaving with anything else. Warnings, then it's gone, and I explain why. I would also use calm time to my advantage, and we would practice petting softly/nicely/gently, whichever word you choose to use, so he realized how he was supposed to treat them. He got the hang of it after just a few times of me taking the dogs away from him. It may take longer, but the important thing is to stay consistent, calm, and patient. And always explain everything as it's happening (although in a simple manner). They tend to understand much more than what we give them credit for.

tigerfish313 |