Children Must Be Taught How To Look After Pets

Abusive households are not the sole preserve of abusive behaviour towards Pets; studies show that it happens too in ordinary non-abusive households. Because children derive their behaviour from watching what adults do, behaviour tends to be passed down from generation to generation. The way you treat Pets and people will act as a lesson to your children.


No detail escapes the attentive eyes of children.

Kids are extremely observant. The way you love and look after your pet will be carefully observed by them. Close attention will be paid to the way in which you react when your pet scratches furniture, creates a noisy disturbance or has an accident. When Pets behave in such ways, adults can become exasperated. Your reaction to such problems will provide a lesson to your children as to how they should cope with similar problems when they, in turn, have Pets. If your reaction to a puppy that’s misbehaving is not constructive, you will be providing a bad example to your child. This could impact on your child’s personality and their relationship with animals as they grow older.


Alternative Methods – Correct and Incorrect.

If your pet is exhibiting undesirable behaviour, then you need to handle it in a constructive manner. Your children and your pet will be confused and frightened if you simply lapse into fury. Your Pets are sensitive beings who have feelings and emotions. In many ways animals are similar to people. There is nearly always some reason that accounts for their bad behaviour. If your dog’s toilet habits are unacceptable, you should find out why rather than just yelling at it.The questions below must be thought about so that you can learn the cause of your pet’s poor behaviour.

• Are you walking them enough?

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Do they receive enough attention?


• Are you leaving them home alone too much?


• Are they hungry?


• Are they ill?

Their behaviour could easily be caused by some uncomplicated factor. All possible items have to be considered before you arrive at the true reason. The cause of the misbehaviour might be discovered by carrying out a careful analysis. Advice from an animal training facility or providing obedience training classes can often be of help.

If your pet shows any sign of deteriorating health, you should consult your veterinarian without delay. Check the terms of your pet insurance policy too – if your pet has developed a condition for which they will need ongoing treatment, you want to make sure that your pet plan has full lifetime cover.


Giving Up Is Not the Answer- Don’t Take the Easy Way Out.

If your pet is misbehaving, do not give up and do not even think about getting rid of your pet.It would not be fair to the pet or your children if you took the easy way out by just giving up. Looking after a pet is regarded as so difficult by some people that thousands of Pets are abandoned every year and end up in rescue shelters. Pets – especially Dogs and cats – grow as attached to their family members as we do to them. You cannot turn your back on them when they need your help. Once you have discovered the cause of the misbehaviour you will be in a position to put things right.

If you get rid of your pet because they misbehave, it is also going to send the wrong message out to your child about commitment, trust, and responsibility. You should avoid giving your child the idea that a problem is dealt with by running away from it. There is evidence that looking after a pet helps to develop a child’s maturity, confidence, and social skills.


How to Deal with Problems.

If problems occur with your Pets, then it is your responsibility as a pet owner to get to the core of the problem. The problems you are having with your pet’s behaviour can usually be sorted out by a veterinarian or other animal professional.

Always remember that your child will learn by your example. Your child looks up to you, and will follow your example.You therefore have a duty to ensure that your child is shown the proper way to care for a pet. Thus you should teach your child to discipline the pet without recourse to physical or emotional abuse. You should treat your pet in exactly the same way that you would treat your best friend. Because they show their love for you, you should show yours for them. It’s important that any misbehaviour by your pet is followed by productive discipline. An important lesson for your child is that nothing should be done to a pet that shouldn’t be done to another child. A pet deserves to be treated with as much respect as a person. The parent’s response to a child who is abusive to a pet should be to explain why the behaviour was wrong and to point out the correct way of behaving.

Providing the basics of food, shelter, pet health care and love need not be difficult or expensive. All the family will benefit emotionally and physically, at the time and later, by having a pet.


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Posted: 06/05/2010 at 06:45 PM
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