I don't know how to stop our toddler 17 months to stop chasing, sitting on, dragging and pulling our cats tail. Things we have tried are:
> distraction (showing him something else to get his attention away from the cat)
> Saying NO firmly and picking him up and moving him
> sitting him on a chair and explaining that he needs to be gentle with the pets
> showing him how to pat and stroke gently
Sometimes these work but not often and he seems to get a huge pleasure from man handling the poor cat as he giggles and claps, then does it again. I feel that the word NO is wearing thin and we dont particularly like using it if it isnt having any affect.
Anyone got ANY ideas? Wil he grow out of it soon or is there a way I can show him how to be gentle with animals??
Thanks in advance for any replies
my cat doesn't run away, she can't as usually ds is gripping her tail so tightly that she CAN'T run. She isn't declawed either, but has never scratched or tried to fight back, she does kind of tolerate it and doesn't exactly try and avoid him either, its not like she is terrified of him, I guess I just want ds to understand that animals must be treated with respect. Luckily both my dog and cat are VERY tolerant. But I still dont think they should have to put up with it!
skycheattraffic: yeh i think I am just going to have to be a lot more vigilant and try and step in more and maybe if I stroke and pet the cat more he will copy.
Thanks for your replies :)
My DD was getting too rough with our dog, and really getting on his nerves. He is very patient and gives a lot of warning before reacting, but I was worried he would nip her. Even though she knew better, it seemed like she didn't have a real reason to change her behavior. I decided to teach her a lesson, and when she was trying to climb on him, I picked a moment when she was near his face but not looking at him, and I growled and clamped down on her arm to give her a quick bite. She thought it was him, and jumped away, crying from the rude surprise. My dog appreciated my intervention and has been even more patient with her since then. He gives me this look when she's too close for comfort. I think I may have had to repeat that treatment, but now she has a proper respect for animals. She LOVES animals of all kinds, but she's aware they have teeth!
While an infant we modeled behavior, took my son's hand with ours and showed "gentle". Once he had the dexterity to control his hand....it worked out.
When the 'chasing' phase came and my son's lower brain urged him instinctively to 'chase', we basically had to separate him from the dog when he began to chase him. We utilized the baby gates. Cognitive function and control comes along with age and developement. I found that the chasing phase passes.