Children and dogs can often share a beautiful bond, but as much as we don’t want to think about our beloved pets hurting our precious children, it’s vitally important to acknowledge the possible dangers.

So here are our Six Golden Rules to keep your children and dogs safe around each other…

  1. Never leave your child alone with a dog – even if it’s your own dog.
  2. Teach your child to be gentle and kind to their pets.
  3. Make sure your child knows that if a dog is eating, or has a toy they really like – or if they’re sleeping or poorly – they should be left alone.
  4. Watch your dog for signs that they might be a bit uncomfortable or unhappy.  Look out for excessive yawning lip licking, avoiding eye contact or growling.
  5. Encourage a fun, loving bond between your child and your dog by encouraging your child to play and teach your dog new tricks, such as ‘paw’, ‘roll over’ or ‘play dead’.
  6. Teach your child not to approach unfamiliar dogs. If a dog approaches in a friendly way, and the owner is confident, show your child how to calmly greet the dog.