Last week I watched my daughter who was outside with the dog step on her paws. I kept watching ( thinking it an accident). It happened again. I was shocked and called her inside(she is two months shy of 4) and we had a long talk about pain, kindness and how our family doesn't hurt others. She said he did it to get the dog to stand up so she old brush her. Another explanation on how we don't use pain to manipulate others. Thought I got through to her and today it happened again. Same story. She wanted to brush the dog, I watched out the window and saw her stepping on her paws o get her to stand. I called her inside asked her if she knew why she had to come in, she said," I stepped on her foot.". I sent her to her room......I didn't know what to do!
How cruel and horrible and after we'd had this talk before! I am mortified and embarrassed. We do not spank and talk about kindness and nonviolence daily!!! I am worried now that she doesn't understand pain, although all common sense says it isn't possible. How do I handle this situation? I re explained about pain and treating others kindly and some alternatives to get the dog to move ----but I need her to understand! What if the dog bites her? She is an old and very gentle dog, but you never know.
I took her favorite toy away and told her it belonged to the of now and she had to earn it back through kindness and regain the dogs trust. I feel really silly now and that I handled it wrong, but I was really upset and wasn't thinking straight. What should I do?