Questions tagged [children]

The interaction between pets and children

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How stressing is it for fish when someone taps/slaps their glass?

Everything I've read says you shouldn't tap an aquarium because it startles the fish, and that's bad for their mental health. I've been satisfied by that argument. As of late, my toddler has started ...
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What are the signs that my cat is not happy playing with my toddler son?

My cat (Fluffy) has his own territory of raised platform with good window viewing plus many other areas where my 2 year old son (Hugo) has generally restricted access or not permitted. Fluffy is a 5 ...
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My cat is scared of my grandkids?

My cat literally pooped himself because he's terrified of my grandkids and a flotation device he saw in their wading pool. He never does this, he just started when they came to visit. They have ...
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Yorkie vs. 10-month old son - how to deal with aggression

I have a Yorkie named Master Chief and a 10-month old infant named Austin. I think in general he has been a real sport about the new baby in the house. It was a major change for all of us, but one ...
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Best methods to help your dog if he is scared of children?

We have a 5 year old Basset hound with a loving and easy going temperament, however he has had no exposure to children in his life and when approached by young children he gets scared and runs away, ...
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What kinds of fences/toppers would deter cats from yard without harming a toddler?

I have an issue where a neighborhood cat seems to like to use my yard (particularly the rose bush areas) as its personal litterbox. This wouldn't be a huge problem, except that the cat seems to track ...
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How can a guest help an owner verbally discipline a dog when the owner's family gives inconsistent verbal discipline themselves?

TL;DR How can a guest help an owner verbally discipline a dog when the owner's family gives inconsistent verbal discipline themselves? More background below. My cousin owns a 2 year old male ...
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Help! Puppy keeps being too rough with one of my children

My 3.5 month old German Shepherd is a good girl most of the time. We are just having a problem with her at the moment in that she is being too rough and grabbing one of my sons clothes more than ...
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Why does our dog lay by our son's crib?

Every night or nap time, when we go to get our two year old son ready for bed, our dog will come and lay there. He also stays there for a couple of minutes after we leave the room and turn off the ...
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Alligator as a pet

I don't have any experience taking care of reptiles so obviously I wouldn't want a gator as a pet. But I might have children in the future and what if they find alligators so fascinating and even see ...
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What small pets should I consider for a preteen with limited space? [closed]

There are no other pets or children in the house, this child will be keeping the pet in their room and be responsible for it's care and feeding. The parents will be supervising the care-giving, but ...
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Can I make my dog comfortable around children?

Our puppy is now 9 months old and doing sooooo much better than he was previously. But then just to test him, we have two young kids, 6 and 8 who are staying with us for an indeterminate period. ...
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What is the best way to introduce cats to newborns?

My wife and I are expecting twins in the fall. We have two cats (5 years and 8 years). One is friendly (if a little shy) around strangers while the other will hiss and growl at people he doesn't know ...
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How do I know if my toddler is making a cat dangerously uncomfortable?

My son loves a cat in our building. The cat rolls on its back and stretches out, and my son strokes his fur. But then he tries holding the cat with both hands, sometimes around the waist (the cat ...
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What signs should I look for in my children to know they are ready for a pet [closed]

My children are rapidly approaching the age when they will start becoming responsible enough to manage a pet on their own. My wife and I want to encourage this to help teach them the responsibility ...
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How do I introduce our dog to a brand new baby

My wife is about to give birth to our first child, and we are trying figure out the best way to introduce our dog to the newborn. The dog, a 12-year old pug, has been an "only child" so we are unsure ...