The Family Dog Team want to ensure that safety is paramount – for family, the public and your pet dog.
There are a variety of resources that will help you to take everyone’s safety into account in everyday dog ownership, as well as more complex interactions.
A children’s education scheme from the Kennel Club, that includes an interactive game and a teachers’ pack which includes useful resources such as canine communication worksheets: www.safetyarounddogs.org.uk
The Blue dog is a useful resource for lots of information on dog ownership but it also has a good children’s section. As the title suggests, the dog is blue so possibly some children may struggle to generalise this to other dogs.
A useful video for children and safety around dogs: www.youtube.com/
This link explains why your dog may not always be comfortable with hugging, with a video to demonstrate. This may be a useful resource for children also: www.clickertraining.com/node/3538
The link below explains dog body language and what to look out for in a relaxed or anxious dog: www.youtube.com/watch?v=bstvG_SUzMo