The above is Sarah Palin's son. He obviously doesn't know any better.
It's up to the parents to teach children what is right and wrong.
Take for example a video I saw recently of a little boy who was singing and playing in his living room. His parents were eagerly trying to capture the moment on camera while their little family dog sat close by watching everyone. The little boy started swinging around a toy sword, singing at high pitches and hitting his toy and flaying his arms about. Then he got the idea to lean forward and give the little doggy a big hug. Guess what happened, the dog nipped him in the face.
Can you name two things in this situation that could have been done differently to prevent what happened?
1) The adults in this situation was not being mindful of both the child and the dog. As soon as the child started being more rambunctious, the dog should’ve have been picked up and taken out of the room or away from the child.
2) The child should have been told to be careful, calm down and not be too loud around a doggy because sometimes doggies can get scared.
Because of the unexpected reaction of the family dog that has been in the family for 7 years……the dog has to now be re-homed. The dog nipped the little boy in the face out of fear, anxiety and confusion, not because of malicious intent. The little boy is now afraid of the dog. Even though the nip to his face was just a little scratch, the parents decided to send the dog away like many people do these days. Most children probably get worse scrapes when they fall on the sidewalk and scratch up their knees. Unfortunately, parents can't remove the sidewalk.
Instead of taking this opportunity to teach their child why the dog nipped her, they decided to remove the dog from her environment. How will this teach the child when she encounters new animals in the future? Teaching a child how to act appropriately in society is what a parent is supposed to do. So teaching a child how to act around a family pet falls in the same category.
So many poor family pets are given away or dropped off at the shelter like they are objects or possessions. Like an old purse or t-shirt that doesn't match your wardrobe anymore. Many of these family pets are then euthanized or put to death because of over-crowding, the animal's older age or the inability to get adopted out. Please don't do this to a family member that you once adored and loved and cherished.
When my step-son came into my life at the age of 4, I already had my chihuahua Vincent....also known as vicious, because he was a little ankle biter. Probably still is. And my step-son was deathly afraid of all animals at the time. Any time he got close to my dog, my dog growled. But I never thought to get rid of my dog at any time. I just removed my dog or removed my step-son away from each other whenever they were in the same room or kept a very watchful eye or a reprimanding hand on my dog. And we taught my step-son to never get close to Vincent unattended or to be loud and move around fast or suddenly.
8 years later, my dog can't get enough of my step-son and licks him to death and cuddles up to him on the couch. And my step-son knows how to control Vincent and reprimand him as well if he misbehaves. However, we still keep a watchful eye. I have 4 dogs total now and I always know where they are and I can always read their behavior when something new is in the environment.
Family dogs and cats are great teaching tools for both adults and children about unconditional love, companionship and friendship. But it takes time, nurturing and careful interactions to get there. Please use the below guides to help teach children the proper way to be friends with their pets.
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