How can I stop my 13mo old from playing in dogs water dish?

Jennifer - posted on 11/24/2009 ( 18 moms have responded )

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I have physically removed him from bowls and said "NO" in my sternest voice, I have slapped his hands, spanked his butt, given verbal warnings when he looks at the bowl. Nothing is working and I think its cruel to take water away from the dog.

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Marianne - posted on 11/25/2009

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Please don't hit your child, as you have found out, it doesn't work. At thirteen months old, he's not doing it to be naughty, just because he finds it interesting. Keep your child in a different room from the water bowl and if he does get the opportunity to go near it, distract him with something more fun. I have dogs and a 13 month old who almost goes out of her way to do stuff I tell her not to - possibly because we also play the 'uh oh, what are you doing...' game (same as Sherree)
Hitting them now is just going to give you all manner of problems as your child grows up. Learn a better way to deal with your anger and frustration or you'll pay for it later.

Minnie - posted on 11/25/2009

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I think it's cruel to slap and spank your son. But that's just me, I guess.



Keep the dog's water in a different room. Keep your son with you. Re-direct him, distract him, remove him from the area. And give him bowls of water and cups to play with.

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My little girl does this too.
I do offer water play as a game outside. We have her old baby bath and fill it with bath toys.
When she goes near the dogs water bowl, I say ... "we don't play with doggies water, we play with water outside". She stops and looks up at baby bath.

Kelly - posted on 12/14/2009

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wow, seems like everyone's kid does this, and mine is no exception...i agree with the parents who say to simply move the bowls if possible, otherwise try distraction instead of discipline. at our house, the dog's water dish was on top of a small towel, we removed the towel a week ago, and suddenly she's really not interested anymore. possibly just a coincidence, but it's nice to not be watching her constantly around the water bowl.

Lynette - posted on 12/07/2009

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Ha, ha, sounds so familiar, my daughter dumps over the cat food bowl all the time. It's funny how our babes know when they aren't allowed to do something, because just before they do it, they look at you to see if you're looking. My little stinker looks at me and smiles before she does something she's not supposed to do. All I can say is that she keeps me running.

Trevelene - posted on 12/04/2009

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I know it stresses you out but I can't help but smile at your post. They are really the mst interesting at this phase but I have learnt something very interesting as well.

Apparently at this stage, our babies will do anything to get a reaction. So, if he found your reaction to his actions funny or confusing, he will continue to do it until he understands. The other thing that I learnt is that our brain identifies words with pictures. For example, if you hate snakes, you brain with picture a snake when you hear the word and it will trigger your feelings towards that snake.

This also means that we are not able to see a picture for the word NO which is why a child will touch that bowl if you say no, to see your reaction and to find out the consequences of doing it.

Maybe try putting a clean bowl of water down and then try to see exactly what he wants to do with it. Also remember that kids love water...

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We have the same problem over here. I put my son in the box if hes playing with the dogs water bowl but water has a wierd kind of attraction on those little ones.
The problem was solved with my daughter when she started to walk and talk. So now we are waiting the time for him to listen......

Deanna - posted on 12/02/2009

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I tell ya, with a toddler, they just keep going back and back for more..rinse and repeat.



So, we have a babygate up at the entrance of the kitchen. I open the gate and allow my dogs to go in and get water all throughout the day but while the food and water dish are down, she stays out.



When I'm in the kitchen cooking, washing dishes, ect., I just put up their food and water dish onto the counter while we're in there and it's fine..the dogs won't suffer. My little one is too little for direct punishment right now so I go with the flow and put up what she isn't supposed to have and/or keep her out (babygates are my friend!!). It works. :)

Holly - posted on 12/02/2009

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Distraction has been the key for us. I take him into the other room and read a book or get a different toy out.

Kathryn - posted on 11/25/2009

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My 13 mo old did the same thing, so we just moved the bowls to the hallway. Then we put up a gate where he can play safely without the dog stuff getting his attention. It seemed to work so far.

Alexis - posted on 11/25/2009

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I don't think any punishment like that is going to work. I don't beleive in spanking/hitting personally, =( but every mom has her methods. I use baby gates to keep baby from getting into things she isn't supposed to be getting into. My dogs water dish stays in the dining room. If they want water they know how to get my attention by letting out a sigh/whine when they want in. This way, you are setting your child up for success and not failure.

Sherree - posted on 11/25/2009

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We play a little game - when she heads towards it, I come after her saying "oh oh ohhh! where you going?" or something like that and then swoop her up and put her back down somewhere else. She giggles like crazy and then I don't have to deal with her crying when I take her away. Sometimes she stops before the dish and waits for me to grab her. I also give her a pot of water on the kitchen floor to play in sometimes.

User - posted on 11/25/2009

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Let me know when you figure this one out!! My daughter does the same thing. she knows she is not supposed to do it because she will walk up to it, look at me, and wait to see if i am looking or going to tell her no. she will sit down by it and look at me...if i don't say anything, sometimes she leaves it alone, and sometimes she'll dive right in!

Kaia - posted on 11/25/2009

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I have the exact same problem. If you figure out a solution please let me know.

Kat - posted on 11/25/2009

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My daughter is the same. And I agree the more you say no the more they want it. I just find I have to keep persisting with the NO & removing her from the object & giving her something else to distract her with. It's going to take some time I think.

Lisa - posted on 11/25/2009

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You might just have to keep the water bowl and the child in different rooms. It think saying NO a lot at this stage just makes them want things more. My daughter is like that with the television. It's pretty secure but I'm afraid she'll pull it down on herself as it's at a level she can reach it. Now I just watch her carefully when she's in the area of the tv and pick her up and move her if she starts trying to press buttons and tell her that "that's bold". Then I distract her with something else. Not sure if that will work with the water bowl but all the best anyway!
Lisa

Hallie - posted on 11/24/2009

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there is no way to get them to stop except to remove the water when they are close to it

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