is anyone eles's child a little terror to the animals of the house?

Brandis - posted on 03/28/2011 ( 6 moms have responded )

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i have a 3 almost 4 year old boy , who is hyper 99% of the time...im also thinking he might have adhd, just because how he is sometimes but it hasnt been officially diagnosed....anyways we have a 2 year old miniature pinscher who is approximately 6 pounds max...she's just a fragile little thing and he is mean and rough with her....he head butts her, picks her up and drops her, kicks at her, pushes her off furniture, he tries to lay on her while she's sleeping...and usually he laughs while doing it, kinda like a sinister laugh...it worries me (probably over-worrying about it but ive seen things about serial killers and how they start out being mean to animals granted its way more awful then what my son does) im afraid it will just get worse...we get onto him every time he's mean and we explain what he did what was and he says he understands and an hour later bothers her again...she's bitten him and scratched ... i dont know what to do.....our precious little dog flinches when we try to pick her up and she looks scared and nervous alot...im afraid it looks like she's abused but its just my son is too rough with her...thank god he's never hurt her seriously....he just wont listen

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Shan - posted on 10/20/2015

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Hi Brandis
I know this is an extremely late reply but I was wondering if you managed to solve the issue at all?

Brandis - posted on 03/29/2011

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i mean he flip flops with her, some days he just bothers just like picks her up when she's sleeping then other times he's sweet to her..like last night she was sleeping and he started bothering her and when i yelled at him i noticed that all he wanted to do was take her to lay down with him before bed when i usually read to him...and the whole time i was reading he was cuddled with her under his arm and he liked that....i think he just wants someone to play with, cause he is an only child and to my knowledge theres not any younger kids in our apartment complex for him to play with her....i mean he plays great with her, when she wants to play.....

Louise - posted on 03/29/2011

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I think to be fair to the dog you should let it go to another home. Poor thing is living in terror. As for your son has anybody sat down with him and taught him how to handle the dog and the difference between being gentle and being mean. I think because the dog is so small he feels he can do this. Do you know anybody with a huge dog? Take him to there house and teach him how to pat it and be gentle and then hopefully he will understand how frightened the little dog is of him. If this does not stop I really do think that the poor dog should be rehomed because it could really turn on your son and bite him savagely if it is being abused by him day in day out. Nobody likes to think of this of the family pet but one day it will snap.

Ashleigh Jade - posted on 03/29/2011

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If you are seriuosly concerned about the well being of your dog, its either keep them seperate from each other always or get rid of the dog.

Katherine - posted on 03/28/2011

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I think he needs some help psychologically before it gets worse. Maybe take him to a therapist?

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