Today I saw a young boy of about eleven years old punching his dog to make the dog sit. One of my kids said he saw the boy trying to ride on the dog and punching the dog again after he fell off. The boy was also jerking the dog back and forth to make the dog run with him. All of this while in the company of two girls of about the same age or maybe a little younger.
Apparently, he was showing off.
The dog? A Labrador who mostly wagged from time to time as he tried to follow along with the “game.”
As yourself: Is it good or bad for this boy’s life experience and development that he has a dog that can “take it” and still want to be with him? Isn’t it crazy that he gets to rehearse these behaviors from a young age? Does any young man benefit from getting to punch or choke an animal when the animal displeases him?
Tell me how this behavior develops a man to be a good husband. A good father?
It matters not one bit that the dog seemed “okay.” It’s about how this boy is rehearsing behavior that seems “cool” to him or that vents his frustration when things don’t go his way.
His dog’s forgiving nature is not doing anyone any favors. Sometimes, I wish dogs bit more often and were not subject to the death sentence for defending themselves. If all dogs were “good dogs,” like this Lab, would we have more children growing up quick to punch and hit to get their way?
I was too far away with my own (elderly) dog to intervene this time, but I’m pretty sure I’ll see them again next week at the same park. I’m getting old enough where maybe I don’t care if other parents get pissed at me for butting in.