I'm new here and I know there's always agreements and disagreements when it comes to animals and children. My 2 year old daughter loves picking on our dog. She's a mixture of Border Collie & Bassist Hound, we rescued her. They have grown up together but Skittles isn't tolerating the hair pulling, hitting,etc. I'm looking forward to hearing your comments .

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~♥Little Miss - posted on 02/09/2015

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What do you mean by "Skittles isn't tolerating the hair pulling, hitting, etc" HOW is Skittles responding? Has she gone after your child? Bit, growled, ran...what?

So a few things. First off, everything Sarah E has said. Including playing all together. And NEVER for ANY REASON leave your child in any room alone with Skittle's. Not even if you are right in the next room with them both in your site.

Do you kennel Skittles? Do you walk/run Skittles? If she truly is a basset/border collie, these are 2 working dogs rolled into one. Bassets tend to be on the lazy side, but are very strong, very sweet, and very much need a job. Border collies are herding dogs, and when they are not exhausted from working, they are not happy. So, along with teaching your daughter to be gentle, you must work your dog. Get your dogs emotions stable also.

It is very important that your dog has his/her own place to be when she wants to be left alone. Like her kennel, or a special bed in a quiet area. This area whatever it is, needs to be completely OFF limits to your daughter. She cannot play there, sleep there, lie there, or put her toys there. This area is for your dog to get some much needed peace and quiet when he or she feels overwhelmed.

Play with them together. Take walks together. Play in the yard together. Show your daughter how to treat our furry family members. Show her they are living beings that have a heart, and can love. They are not stuffed animals. They deserve respect, and when they are feeling threatened, overwhelmed etc that is when something bad may happen.

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~♥Little Miss - posted on 02/11/2015

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I don't disagree that no child of any age should be doing this. But they need to be taught not to, and how to respect pets. That indeed is the parents job. It can be a tough job to teach, believe me I know. In this case, I am hoping this mother is looking for advice about how to deal with it, and teach her 2 year old that it is not ok to do. But this is also the age that kids start hitting and biting each other. It is very hard to teach a kid not to do that also. It take time. Never in my experience with either case, has it been the first time you teach them will be the last.

Am I saying it is ok to bite or hit other kids? Nope. That is something that is taught, and can take time. Same goes for how to treat pets. BUT, that is why I gave the exact advice that I did. To avoid mishaps. To avoid the pet from having its tail pulled, fur pulled, getting hit etc. Also to avoid the child getting bit, or harmed.

More than anything, I am hoping this mom is working on it daily and understands that it must stop asap before something bad happens. Also, NEVER to leave pet and child in the same room without supervision. In fact, not to let the kid be near the pet without mom right there next to them teaching the child how to pet and be gentle and kind.

♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 02/11/2015

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I agree, Little miss, but this adult is aware, as she's posting, so she's allowing abuse. Not that her daughter understands that it's abuse, but the adult in question does.

I wish that people would understand that their responsibility to their pets doesn't cease because they have children. I see so many good pets given up or treated poorly (or allowed to be treated poorly by the kids...and well, they're just kids, so they don't 'know better)...that it just sickens me. These parents know that what their kids are doing isn't ok, but they don't seem to stop the treatment...just let poor puppy endure...because hey, it's only a dog, after all...

But these are also the same humans that will sentence the pet to death or shelter because "he BIT my BABY"!!!!! Even though baby (who's actually 3 or 4, with no discipline in regards to treatment of animals) started it by pulling tails, ears, etc...

~♥Little Miss - posted on 02/11/2015

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Hold on here Shawnn, to say an adult that knows better is doing these things....yes abuse. A toddler doing these things as abuse??? It certainly is not acceptable but I would not classify it as abuse. It needs to stop for the childs safety, and the animals. IMO, abuse is when you are aware of the damage that can be inflicted.

♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 02/11/2015

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If your child is abusing (YES, pulling hair, hitting, etc, an animal is ABUSE) the dog, expect this: No matter WHAT breed(s) the dog is, sooner or later, the dog will snap and attack your child. Guess what? I don't blame the dog.

However, I can't blame the kid, either.

It is your job, as a parent, and pet owner, to educate your child, and anyone else who comes in contact with your pets about proper behaviour. For your kid, that means that you stop allowing her anywhere close to the dog, until she can understand and demonstrate "nice" and "gentle" in regards to her treatment of the animal. Yes, this requires constant and consistent attention, correction, and redirection.

Oh, and if you're going to ask a question for advice, and then not bother to respond, but simply close the thread...presumably because you're pissed about the answers you're getting...why are you wasting time?

~♥Little Miss - posted on 02/10/2015

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Ok, I reopened this thread. This is the second thread you have started, got a reply and closed immediately. What is going on here? You don't respond, you just lock it without warning. Whats up with that?

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