In partnership with Dogs Trust, the North Wales Safeguarding Board are working to promote awareness during Child Safety Week (3rd to 7th June) of how to teach your child safety around dogs.
Unfortunately, a high number of dog bites happen to children in the family home. With the rate of hospital admissions related to dog bites highest among the 0-9 age group*, there is a greater need to educate children and families on how to behave safely around dogs. *NHS dog bite hospital admissions data.
Working within child services, you are on the front line when it comes to talking to families and children, therefore, are well situated to pass on our important information and help reduce these easily avoidable accidents.
Some of our top tips for the whole family:
• Be calm- no loud noises, running or chasing games which can worry a dog.
• Be kind- never ever tease a dog with toys or food.
• Dogs should always be left alone when eating, sleeping or playing with a toy.
• Watch what the dog is doing and what their body language is telling you.
Never leave your child alone with ANY dog, no matter how well you know them
Please visit the Dog’s Trust Website for further information:
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