Please don't hit the dog , PLEASE DONT HIT THE DOG!!!!!!!

Ann - posted on 03/07/2016 ( 6 moms have responded )

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Our 2 yo can't pass up an opportunity to hit or throw something at the dog when he is sleeping. We sound like a broken record (for you really young moms- that's a large flat black disk that sits on top of a spinning device with a needle on it that plays music😀) when telling his to PLEASE don't hit the dog. We try to redirect, redirect, redirect but he still does it. When the dog is awake they are great friends, they wrestle, play tug of war, play fetch, but when he's asleep or laying in his bed, he becomes a target. Fortunately our dog is very good natured. Any ideas on redirecting methods?

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Raye - posted on 03/07/2016

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A dog may be very good natured and take lots of abuse all the way up until it stops being nice. No one can tell when that dog could finally have had enough and start defending itself. And if the dog bites your kid, it's totally your fault for continuing to allow abuse. Give the dog a safe place to sleep, or have stronger consequences to teach your kid not to abuse the dog.

Dove - posted on 03/07/2016

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Do not let him near the dog when the dog is sleeping. If the dog is sleeping... your son must stay in another room entirely... or give your dog a safe space (room w/ closed door or a crate) to sleep in where your child can not access him.

♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 03/07/2016

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LOL at the description of a record! LOVE IT!

Ok, so...unfortunately, keep up with the broken record, and remove him from the room each time he does this.

Sarah - posted on 03/07/2016

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Time outs when he is mean to the dog. It might be a lot of times outs, but that is also a learning tool as to how to treat all people and animals.

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Andrea - posted on 03/09/2016

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I would watch the dog and how they respond. My niece sometimes grabs their paws and they freak out, apparently one of them scared her when I wasn't watching so definitely keep all eyes on their interaction. I would definitely try to remove them from the situation as they are still very young at 2 years old...eventually with age they understand what they can and cannot do to a dog. Hang in there!

Sarah - posted on 03/07/2016

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Do you think he is doing it to wake the dog up to play? I do agree, you need to isolate the dog when it naps.

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