If there’s one thing that brings on my ugly frown and makes me contemplate action that may lead to a fight , it’s seeing people being rough with their animals. There’s a few too many people out there that confuse the line between fair discipline and bullying your pet for your own dysfunctional reasons.
Today I witnessed these young girls shouting and whacking their puppy on the bum. Now the fact was…. this puppy was about 12 centimetres long and 100% still a baby. A baby that is still getting used to being away from it’s mum and should NOT be being yelled at or smacked. PERIOD.
The girls were reveling in being mother figures, a new fun game, but tough love is not what a baby animal needs, least of all by kids who don’t get it.
They complained how naughty the puppy was, keeping them up all night crying. There’s nothing naughty about a baby crying just because it’s not of the human kind.
I admit when it comes to my dog Marley, I may be a little on the ‘treat him like a human’ side of things, but he’s a happy little thing and the very worst he’s ever done is poo in the wrong place.
Maltese Shitzu’s, as he is, are hardly a dangerous breed and I do totally respect that discipline is paramount for all breeds, especially those that without such could be a danger to the public, but it needs to remain fair and not about the owner’s anger issues.
How many times I’ve been down at a park, when I see these Rambo style owners screaming blue murder at their dogs. And I’m sorry but often it reeks of a total abuse of power, and nothing to do with what the dog is doing with its ball or where it’s running.
I also know that some large dog owners out there can’t stand small dog owner types, but that’s their issue and certainly not mine.
Although I am honest with myself and don’t believe I would suit a big dog, I still think they’re beautiful because all animals are. Until such time as they’re officially deemed a danger, and even then there’s possibly been a problem with their history with humans.
Anyone that’s been an angel enough to rescue a dog from the pound will tell you, many of these poor creatures come with anxiety issues because some damaged individual has exerted the sort of cruel behaviour, discipline, or anger at the world, that should result in them being locked up for some time.
Animal abuse needs to be more tightly regulated. It even needs to be monitored at the level that you decide to get a family pet. Children should not be left to look after a newborn until the parents are clear that they are not acting like the parents that they are used to seeing. Shouting orders and feeling that it is their job to let the puppy know who’s boss is not the right way to start.
I’ll never forget as a young girl and playing in a family friends daughters bedroom, her new kitten called Argo was thrust into her dolls’ bag while she proudly swung him back and forth in front of me. I’d never had a pet before but my alarm bells went off and I raced out to tell her mother what was going on.
“Oh she just gets a bit carried away with excitement!” she explained without even bothering to check up on the poor cat. I couldn’t help but worry whether Argo was even going to make it to his first birthday in the hands of this girl that had a mentality that did not yet stretch to understanding how to deal with a pet. The parents fault.
Animals are there to give us love, and if you can’t measure the discipline with the same amount of love you give back, then perhaps you’re not someone that deserves to have a pet?
WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON THIS? WHERE IS THE LINE BETWEEN DISCIPLINE AND BULLYING A PET?