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I think just like you teach your dogs to play nice with other dogs or kids. I don't really see any other thing than just the generic methodology. Maybe you can spend some time with your child and the animals to show how it should be done. If he/she already knows how it 'should be done' and is testing limits, be very clear about what is and what is not nice ...


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It seems from what you say that she does not want to learn to ride a pony. Does she need to? if not, enjoy the animals from a distance, where they appear to be smaller. Go to zoos and ranges, talk about what you see, but don't approach closer than her comfort distance. Let your daughter decide.


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I think that 16 months is a rather young age to understand such a concept, but starting an early understanding of animals in general is a good idea. I just asked my 3 year old daughter if she knew the difference between a "wild mouse" and a "pet mouse" by asking her which she'd rather have in the house. She said a "pet mouse" but she didn't know what would ...


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There is something that a teacher told me regarding the interaction between our toddler (3) and our infant (1 year). When the toddler does something to his baby sister that is not terrible but just not nice (like taking away a toy she is holding) you should talk to the toddler about how he hurt the offend-ed's feelings. Since the baby (and in your case ...


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I have a 3-year old boy and 1.5-year old girl, and a (overall friendly) cat. As infants both kids were rough to the cat, with hair pulling and hitting, although each was different in what they did. Once they could walk, then chasing the cat was a fun activity. They have very little self control and get excited when the animal is around. Each kid is ...


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I always told my little one, all animals have their place in the grander ecology of Earth, the place for spiders, mice, rats, etc. is NOT in MY HOUSE because they are wild and carry dirt and diseases and because they belong out in the wild. I also tried to use catch and re-release methods for most things and do preventative things like ant and spider ...


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I caught my one year and ten month old son, holding a stick and was about to hit the dog. I immediately took the stick away from him, and told him that it is bad to do it. At this age, my son knows what is bad already, so in a way, I was able to channel the information. I also try to show him how to take care of the pet, because toddlers often mimics what ...



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