Dogs and Kids

Dogs and Kids

Teach Your Child the Do's and Don'ts:

  • Do approach a dog slowly with the back of your hand extended
  • Do curl your fingers and allow the dog to sniff your hand
  • Do stand still, like a fence post, if approached by a strange dog
  • Do avoid eye contact with the dog
  • Don't approach a strange dog without permission from the owner
  • Don't approach dogs that are sleeping or eating
  • Don't squeal or jump around an unfamiliar dog

As a Responsible Dog Owner You Should:

  • Exercise your dog daily
  • Clean up after your dog
  • Have your dog desexed if it is not intended for breeding
  • Ensure all vaccinations and de-worming are up to date
  • Ensure your dog is unable to escape from your yard
  • Ensure you dog is under effective control in public places
  • Register your dog with Council

Avoid Dog Bites By:

  • Teaching kids how to behave around dogs
  • Ensuring your dog is properly trained
  • Choosing a breed suited to your lifestyle and environment
  • Ensuring your dog has the opportunity to socialise safely with children
  • Setting an example for behaviour with dogs
  • Always supervising young children near dogs

Always Leave a Dog Alone If:

  • It lifts its lips
  • It growls
  • It backs away; or
  • It raises the hair on its back

Having a Family Pet is Great Because Kids:

  • Develop a sense of responsibility and care for others
  • Can establish a daily exercise routine
  • Develop friendships
  • What's more, studies show kids with pets tend to have higher self-esteem and improved social skills

Last Updated: 29-08-2011

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