Children and Dogs

The majority of serious dog attacks requiring hospitalisation occur on children in private homes. Children, particularly those aged between one and nine, are at most risk of serious dog bites. Most dog bites occur at the dog’s own home.

Helpful tips for parents or guardians:

  • Never leave your dog and young children alone together. 
  • Show your child how to introduce him/herself to dogs. 
  • Don't allow your children to tease your dog or handle it roughly. 
  • Remove your dog from excitable environments – especially children's parties where it may become over excited or aggressive. 
  • Keep children away from a sick or convalescing dog to let it recover without interruption. 
  • Ensure your dog has the opportunity to socialise safely with children. 
  • Choose a breed that has a good reputation with children. 
  • Ensure your dog is under your control by properly training it to "sit", "stay", "drop" and "come".

Some rules when dealing with dogs:

  • Let dogs eat without interruption. 
  • Avoid cornering a dog – this can provoke a "fight or flight" response.
  • Provide the dog with a bed that is separated from noisy, high activity areas.
  • Don't cuddle dogs face to face – it may represent a threat.
  • Do not wake a dog suddenly – this may give them a fright and prompt an aggressive response.
  • Don't interfere with a mother's new litter of puppies, especially in the first couple of weeks and when her pups are feeding.

For further information contact 9777 1000 during business hours.