Little Paws; Cousin Dog or Wild Dog?

Safety Checklist - Really important, maybe even lifesaving, information

  • Dogs, like people, can be unpredictable. We don't want anyone to be scared of dogs but we do want children to respect dogs and be aware that they COULD be dangerous.
  • Not all dogs bite but some do and it is important that your child(ren) understands this.
  • It is vital to point out that a large number of children that have been bitten by dogs knew the dog that bit them. As we have said dogs can be unpredictable so you should always be on your guard.
  • A dog may play with a grown up but imagine them playing with a child, would it be as safe? It could be something as simple as the dog jumping up you. If you are over 5 feet tall you can probably take the weight of the dog, but if you were smaller it might knock you off your feet and be pretty scary. Animals can get carried away very easily so always be aware if your child(ren) are around animals. If you always try and think what COULD happen then you should stay as safe as possible.
  • We should always show respect for animals. If you treat them well then this should minimise the potential for bad things to happen.
  • You don't need to have a dog to teach your child(ren) dog safety. The information can keep them safe in the community and can help prevent bad things from happening.
  • Make sure that everyone in your home works together to think safely, make sure they all know about the messages in this story. Make sure older children are aware of dog safety, to protect themselves and to look out for younger children they may play with or help you to keep an eye on.

And please make sure your child(ren) knows and understands this one very important thing…

  • Remember to tell your child(ren) that if they are ever worried or have done something that might be dangerous then they should tell you straight away - it could save their life.
  • You might get cross with them later on but you would help them straight away if something bad had happened.
  • 'I love you and want to keep you safe' is the message you want them to remember!