Naturally, children are interested in interacting with and
getting a reaction from the family pet. It’s not strange that they will hide
food, play a little too harsh, put make up or play dress up with the pet and
use hair products on her. In these situations, the recommendations from parents
is so necessary due to the pet may feel uncomfortable or get danger if ingest
However, it will be more concerned when your child
intends to hurt an animal. Whether the cause is from the pressure from friends
or someone call for help. The cruelty to an animal by intention is not the
behavior that children can change when they grow up. The help from a professional
may be necessary to prevent behavior problems that can stay with a child until
he is adult or even showing the aggressions to the other people.
The following behaviors may tell you that you need to
recommend your child away from cruel behaviors toward animals.
Chase an escaping pet.
Shut a pet in a closet.
Leave a pet outdoors.
Feed dangerous human food to a pet knowingly or
Feed dangerous human medicines to a pet to see how the
effects of the medicines are.
Put rubber bands on animal paws.
Paint a pet’s body.
Put a small animal in the microwave, washing machine or
Set up a fight between pets or allow one pet chasing
Get happy from seeing a scaring or suffering pet.
Respond to adult’s scold by to be the enemy with a pet.
Burn an animal.
Tease an animal with firecrackers.
Show off to the other people by handle cruelly of a pet
Leave an animal in dangerous situations such as bringing
her to the road or dangling her outside a window.
What you need to do.
If you find your children putting a pet into dangerous
situations repeatedly, teach them immediately that you can’t accept these
behaviors. The following suggestions may help.
Don’t neglect or accept unfriendly behaviors to pets.
Most children, when are managed as though they’ve committed a serious fault.
They will think again before doing that behavior again.
Use the serious tone of voice as same as the tone you
will use when you see your child is running across the road without stopping to
look for the oncoming traffic.
Use easy and clear statement such as “We do not harm
animals”. It will be far more effective than long statement.
If your child is still kicking, beating, pinching or
teasing your pet in spite of repeatedly getting corrections, consult with your pediatrician
or an expert in children development.
You have to be a good role model. Never hit, jerk, shake
or shout to your family pet because your child may imitate you and do far more.
If you exaggerate angry toward your pet. Show your child
that apologizing to the pet is the right thing as same as you will apologize the
If your teenage child involves with the family dog in
high risk activities such as dog fighting. Not only you should intervene, but
you should check whether you child is being influenced by drugs, alcohol,
gambling or other behaviors that are not good for health involve with friend’s
Please remember that for most children, learning to sympathy
or respect toward animals is part of regular socialization process. These
values will instill as same as learning not to hit or tease friends.
Original article is from aspca.org