My daughter is 18 months and I'm always telling her to be gentle, and I always discipline her when she gets to rough, then praise my dogs, sometimes cats, and I never leave her unsupervised. The things they put up with....
I gotta give Pilot major props for what he puts up with when it comes to my daughter...
My daughter has the habit of grabbing his tail and pulling on it lately, along with grabbing his back and sides; poor dog, sits/stands there looking at me with his big sad eyes.
I always discipline my daughter and praise the day lights out of Pilot.
Well, yesterday my daughter somehow got a hold, with both hands, of Pilots droopy lips/gowls and she was just pulling on them, and she did not want to let go.
He sat there, with this grief stricken look on his face and just waited patiently for me to pry her hands off. I felt so bad for him, and gave him big scratchies and treats when he was freed.
The other day she (my daughter) had Lemmy cornered between my legs and the cupboards ( I had moved her away once and hadn't notice she came back).
I felt a bump on my leg then heard Lemmy groan. I looked down and she had him by the scruff and an ear, pulling on him. He was just sitting there, looked up at me like " Mom...seriously... help" while I once again, pried my daughters hands off him.
One time while she chased him, he got cornered against my legs, and my daughter was flailing her arms at him, smacking him in the face. I was grabbing her and trying to stop her, but Lemmy had enough and growled/barked at her. I pinned him with a stern "no", He went belly up immediately. Then when I let him back up, his ears lowered, his little bob went back and forth slowly and he started licking my daughters hand gingerly. Then he proceeded to continue frapping and they were good again. Haha.
While staying with my mom, my daughter was playing with Marley; My moms bichon x spaniel and while my mom was making dinner she heard Marley whinning... my daughter had the poor thing by the eye brows and was just given' her.
I'm so greatful to have such patient animals, even our male cat puts up with a lot, I don't know if it's because we train them to not react, or if they know she's only meaning it as play and not to be mean. Or if it's because she's the one who sneaks them the good food haha.