The above may look cute but it is risky behavior. The little girls can wiggle on top of the dog and think it's fun, but they can accidentally hurt the dog and the only way for the dog to stop the pain is to bite, nip or throw the girls off.
Dogs are adorable. Kids are cute. And by kids, I don’t mean baby goats….although, those are cute as well. But I meant human children.
Put dogs and kids together, you get double the cuteness, right?
But parents and adults should always be careful when children are around animals of any kind, even if they are domesticated and are sweet as pie. The situation can be very unpredictable. Especially with children under the age of 5 or with disabilities.
It's up to the parents to teach children what is right and wrong.
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.
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.
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.