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From: Great White North (199.85.73.12)
Subject:         Re: Children and compassion for non-human species
Date: July 14, 2014 at 6:58 am PST

In Reply to: Children and compassion for non-human species posted by Bronwyn on June 23, 2014 at 7:22 pm:

I think Doug touched on it as well, but with my now
four year old he was very apprehensive with larger
animals. It is probably one part because of the size,
and another part because of familiarity.

You said it was his first time meeting the dog, and
I'm going to guess the first time being in close
proximity to a dog. It was a very new experience for
him.

I would just keep the dog "around" but not is close
proximity. Let you son study the dog from afar and let
him see you interact with the dog.

My son was happily playing with some smaller dogs this
past week at a family members house. But my one year
old daughter was very frightened by them. She didn't
like them approaching her. If they were just in the
area, she was wary but ok. Now, if she approached
them, she was fine...until they would sniff or move
towards her. So I think it is all about getting
comfortable with something new.

What we know about the dog, the children have to learn
by their own experience.

I also older think children have an innate desire to
be around animals and to nurture/play with them.

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