LOOKING AFTER A DOG FOR KIDS
A dog is part of the family.
It has rights like you. It needs to be fed. It needs to be loved.
It does not need to be treated unkindly – yelled at, kicked, dragged, etc.
You would not like this to happen to you. Animals feel pain like humans and they can feel fear.
-They do not understand your language – only a few words like
“Come” “Sit” “Down” “Up” and maybe a few more.
You Have Made Mistakes, too!
As a human, you have made mistakes. Someone told you about your mistake.
You understood them because you speak their langugage. A dog needs to shown gently about his or her mistake. Sometimes, it takes time for the dog to get it right. Do the right thing – have kindness and patience.
O.K Human Person – You are NOT going to Play Today!
Imagine the situation. You are NOT sick. You have not been bad. Your parents simply won’t give you permission to go outside and play. Let’s make it a lovely sunny day. You want to know – Why not?
If you don’t take your dog out for walks – you are doing this to him or her. Dogs like humans like to play and have fun. Dogs can smell things better than humans. When a dog is outside, it is like smelling things that you really like – smells of french fries or a bbq. Dogs need to stop and smell things. Don’t drag a dog along – let him or her stop and smell things.
Never Hit or Kick an Animal!
If someone kicked you badly and you were in pain, your parents would take you to the doctor or hospital. If the pain was really bad, you would get pills or pain killers. You can speak and tell adults that you are in pain.
An animal cannot do this. If your dog has been hit or kicked, it will have to suffer hours of pain. This is just NOT fair. If you are angry with your dog, walk away and tell your parents about it. I’ll bet that your dog really does not fully understand what it did.
Think of Your Dog Like it was a Toddler
I will explain what I mean. A toddler has accidents – it knocks over things. It may pee somewhere other than the toilet. You can yell at the toddler but it does not understand your language. In fact, if you yell or shake it, the toddler will cry. Its the same with your dog – the dog cries inside. Its feelings are hurt. A dog wants to please. Be gentle and kind with it.
Don’t Feed Human Food to Your Dog!
It is NOT kind to feed a dog things that you eat, unless its a nice piece of steak that you couldn’t eat. What I am writing about is things like donuts or French fries. NEVER give your dog CHOCOLATE – it can kill or make your dog very sick. If you want to reward it, give the dog doggie treats.
Look after your dog/cat/any pet- and you will never regret it!