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We're having a real issue with my son being a bully to our pets. Our geriatric dog gets chased around with his cars/trucks or he (literally) pushes her around. He keeps grabbing our short-haired cat's tail, but more or less leave the long-haired cat alone. He's actually very gentle with her. To clarify, when he's *not* being a brat with the girls, he's very kind to them... calls them by name, and knows what they are (doggy, kitty). He loves to feed them treats and give them their bowls of food at meal times.
But he doesn't seem to care that he's hurting Nikki (the cat) when he grabs her tail, nor does he seem to care when her incredible patience wears thin and she lets out an "leave me ALONE!" meow and swats at him. And Dixie (the dog), just gets up and moves to another spot, and another spot, and another spot, etc... when he chases her.
We've put him in a time-out, we've taken his toys away, he just doesn't seem to care what the punishment is, he just keeps going back to his bullying ways. Any ideas? We don't really want to wait until he gets scratched or bitten, and we don't want to have to exile the girls from his room when we're all in there.
I haven't experienced this personally, but my friend has and she had a terrible time trying to get her daughter to stop it.
What about asking him to have gentle hands, that we don't play rough with our friends and if he can't be nice to the cat and dog, he will have to miss out on doing something special with the family if he can't play nicely
We use the taking away consequence for our daughter who's almost 3 (and our son who is 5) as well, works very well. Dolly gets put away until mummy/daddy is ready to give it back at the end of the day.
Sorry not really much help though Hopefully something works before he gets hurt
I've experienced the same thing. It's hard to stop kids chasing pets. Since the small kids dont understand that they are hurting the pets, it's our duty to stop them and scold them at many times. Try to put your fear in him. I did the same thing. Whenever I see my son chasing the pet dog, I just yell his name so loud and I just look into his eyes and say not to do it again with all eyes wide open and he don't do it afterwards. Hope this helps.