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Keeping your child Safe around dogs . Newspaper headlines . “Never EVER trust a dog with a child: As yet another baby is mauled to death”. “Baby killed by dog”. "My baby's gone!" Mother's screams after Dog attacks can kill your child.

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Keeping your child

Safe around dogs


Newspaper headlines
Newspaper headlines

“Never EVER trust a dog with a child: As yet another baby is mauled to death”

“Baby killed by dog”

"My baby's gone!" Mother's screams after

Dogattacks can kill your child

“Dog that savaged six-day-old baby to death 'was brought home from the PUB as a new pet by her father just a few months ago”

Blackburn baby girl killed

Family dog seized after baby's death in Wales

Dogs that kill are a terrible tragedy – but it’s humans to blame, not our pets

“her death has cast a horrible shadow" over them”

Toddler killed by family dog was 'smart and vivacious'


B enefits of bringing up a child with a dog
Benefits of bringing up a child with a dog

  • Increase children's empathy and social skills

  • Reduction in allergies

  • Good exercise

  • Children learn about responsibility and compassion


Why can children worry dogs
Why can children worry dogs?

  • New noises, smells and objects

  • Unknown behaviours; immobile, wriggly, or wobbly

  • Smaller children often at eye level

  • Grabbing, falling and pulling


What might cause a dog to bite
What might cause a dog to bite?

  • They are protecting themselves or their property

  • They may be in pain

  • They may have been surprised

  • They may be very excited

    Fact: 70% of bites take place in the family home


See things from the dogs point of view
See things from the dogs point of view

Consider the following situations

  • The child wants to cuddle and kiss the dog

  • The child wants to take the dog’s toy away from it so they can play a game

  • The child goes to comfort the dog that is hiding under the table



What did you see
What did you see?

  • What signs are the dog showing?

  • How do you think the dog and the child are feeling?

  • Who is responsible in this situation?

  • Fact: 80% of bites are from dogs which people see regularly


What should we be encouraging
What should we be encouraging?

  • Clear boundaries

  • Time out

  • Empathy

  • When not to approach

  • Rewarding good behaviour

  • Fact: The majority of dog bites happen to children under ten


Especially around
Especially around

  • Food

  • Toys

  • Why do we think this is?



Signs to watch out for?


The right approach
The right approach

  • Stay calm

  • Approach to the side

  • Allow the dog to smell you

  • Avoid eye contact

  • Keep voice low and calm

  • Be aware of the dogs body language


Things to consider when owning or buying a dog
Things to consider when owning or buying a dog

  • Natural instinct of breed

  • Size

  • Where to buy a dog from

  • Getting a puppy vs an older dog

  • If you already have a dog

  • Benefits of neutering


What home does dave need
What home does Dave need?

You work at the centre and a 3 year old Staffordshire bull terrier has come in as a stray. He is friendly and good with other dogs. What kind of home would you be looking for?


Some of the most important things to train
Some of the most important things to train:

  • Walking calmly on a lead

  • Recall

  • Handling

  • Correct toy play


Top tips
Top tips

1. Never leave your child alone with adog

2. If needed speak to a qualified dog behaviourist

3. Never force a relationship between your child and dog, just let it grow naturally

HAVE FUN


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