Kahlua believes, that the solution to all things scary is to hide behind Mom. This makes me one of the more fortunate fur parents. Do you have a dog that would react differently ? How do you deal with such situations?
Children maybe God’s gift to mankind, or God in disguise, or little angels or whatever..but the truth is they move unpredictably, at high speeds, emit loud sounds and are often found zooming around on these loud, strangely shaped monsters with wheels. Heck, they scare me, why wouldn’t they scare a dog ?
If you are a parent (the non fur kind), I request you, please, teach your children to respect a dog’s space. I know some parents who do a wonderful job of this. Their kids come up to me and say “May I pet the puppy?” first. We take it from there and these kids never, ever, enter his personal space. They even understand that shelter puppies often have fears that we as humans cannot comprehend. I’ve met kids who time and again have tried to befriend my baby but they do it in baby steps. They accept when he chooses to hide under a table when he sees them. They even feel a little bad, but they still understand. They understand because either they have dogs of their own, or their parents explained to them to approach with caution, if they must indeed approach and always ask the human first.
On the other hand, I’ve encountered kids who notice that their bike or the little scooter that they so confidently whizz by on, is scaring my pup, and they choose to come closer and at higher speeds, to gain some sort of silly thrill out of a poor creature’s fear. This is when I need to step in and request the child to please wait while we leave the scene and go the opposite way. Who is raising these kids like this ? And why ? (The problem in this situation, in my opinion, is bigger than ‘just’ thriving on the ‘pleasure’ of scaring an already scared puppy.)
My point is that an animal’s space needs to be respected as much as a human’s. Just because we are human does not mean we have some sort of natural right of way. Infact, we have the more complex emotions in place to actually ‘yield’ right of way to those more in need. Unfortunately, not many people actually think like this and then accidents happen. What would you do if I sat by you, for an hour, and kept jabbing you with a pencil. You’d go Hulk on me, correct ? What would you do if some unfamiliar person came charging at you screaming unintelligible words? That’s exactly how a dog feels when his/her personal space is invaded. Let’s break the notion that all dogs are natural nannies. We need to recognize that it is not true and children and dogs need to be introduced to each other in a positive environment. The dog needs to associate the child with happiness, and not fear. We respect that there are humans who are scared of dogs. Why can’t it be accepted that it can be the other way round too ?
I don’t mean to blame anyone or sound like some self righteous animal freak. These are things that I did not know before I adopted Kahlua. So I understand that some people and some kids don’t know that they are scaring the dog. And if they did, they would check their actions. Hence the post. I want to talk about this more. I want this to be spoken about more. I want to spread this message as far and as wide as I can. So please help me.. please use the share buttons below this post.. you might just be preventing yet another puppy of the human kind from being hurt, and a puppy of the puppy kind from suffering the consequences.
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