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Dog Safety: Children & Dogs
dog related injuries happen to children, in their own
home or the home of a relative or a friend and by a
dog that they know.
When a dog is around, small
children should be supervised at all times. They can
unwittingly provoke an attack by attempting to take a
bone or toy away from a dog, or by tugging and pulling
or even attempting to cuddle a dog.
Dogs may also get excited
by childrens’ games. This may result in a child being
knocked to the ground, jumped at or chased.
Instinctively a dog may try
to dominate a child because of the child’s small size.
With these points in mind,
children should be taught basic safety habits around
dogs, with parents and caregivers showing the way.
Dogs & Toddlers
Toddlers are especially
vulnerable because of their small size, and lack of
understanding of risks and verbal instructions. As a
result they should be closely supervised at all times
A toddler should not be
allowed to be around dogs, (including puppies) without
In addition they should not
be allowed to put their face down to a dog’s face, or
to hug or kiss it. Neither should they play with a
dog’s food, feeding bowl, toys or bedding.
Parents and caregivers
should ensure that toddlers do
not wander into
neighbouring properties where there
may be dogs present.
School Age Children
School age children may put
themselves at risk without thinking. They might be
quite unrealistic about dogs and not appreciate the
risk of being bitten - even by the family pet. For
this reason, parents and caregivers should be sure to
supervise children and dogs when they are together,
and correct any unsafe
School age children should
be taught basic dog safety at a pace they can handle
to play with and around dogs
to do around dogs
dogs react in certain situations
to do if they are worried about a dog
the owner if they want to pat a dog
Children & Dogs
Click here to download a
useful guide to
children’s safety around dogs.
An educational programme for schools. Click on the logo above for details.