Make them the kid's dog ? i.e you have a puppy/dog now, he/she will love you so much but needs you to teach them , I'll help by showing you how to do it and doing it with you ? First we need to set some rules, the dog isn't as clever as you, it doesn't understand everything you say only the things you teach it like sit and fetch, so it will be very scared of shouting or hitting etc. I can't wait until we can all go out to the dog park etc to play, can you ? You will also need to teach your friends how to treat the dog kindly because they will listen to you.
Dixies Mom - your son will probably thrive having more responsibility for the dog, i.e. teaching tricks etc and having to 'sit' for treats will help the dog feel secure and show your boy respect. also jealousy is normal, be open and honest with him about it, tell him you've felt jealous before, everyone has, but there's no need to be because you are my no,1 skinkid ! Always will be. A Hug ? (do 7 yr old boys still let you hug them or are they getting self consious ?) Now go play. (translation - jealousy is okay, we just have to deal with it appropriately). Or you could try - you know what Ithink htat dog is jealous of you ! cos when you're home he sees your my no 1 skinkid. We've all been jealous haven't we ? Poor dog, lets play to show him it's okay and he needn't feel that way, it's normal for me to want to spend so much time with you when you're home !
Worth a try ?
Mom to three year old girl, 1 year old cat, 14 week dog/docked and floppy.
Last edited by jimmyjones; 7th December 2005 at 08:01 PM.