DOGS AND PUBLIC SAFETY

Implementing safety measures to prevent dog attacks:

Management of Dogs:

Understanding the mind and energy of dogs are integral in the management of dogs and public safety. According to the latest data issued by the Royal Children’s Hospital, more than 13,000 Australians are bitten by dogs in the country each year with children under five years of age mostly at risk. Of the most vulnerable are toddlers aged between 12-18 months. 

Even more alarming is the fact that many of the incidents were triggered by a child’s interaction with the family pet. So why do our much-loved dogs snap?

Most bites occur when a dog experiences fear or anxiety, is protecting his property, food or territory; when it is ill or in pain, and when its maternal and primal instincts are triggered. As an example, dogs may react to an overexcited child, a jogger in motion or a child riding a bicycle or scooter because its natural instinct is to chase.

It’s important to remember that a dog must always feel safe as our pets look to our leadership to provide them a loving and secure living environment.  

Learning to understand how a dog thinks, and read our energy and respond are the first steps in creating mutual trust and a lifelong bondWe owe it to our children, the public, and our pets to create a safe, loving and harmonious environment. And it starts with dog owners practicing responsible pet ownership in the home and community.

Lead by example and enjoy the mutual joy and love our dogs bring to us.

DogSmart Australia’s ABC DogCare Program:

For young children, DogSmart Australia has a specialised direct-instructional ABC DogCare program which teaches pre-school and kindergarten children on how to safely engage with a dog [including their own pets]. This fun yet essential program is ideal for households and neighbouring children [maximum six to a group].

DogSmart Australia’s safety principles:

  • Children should seek permission from their parents and dog handler if it’s appropriate to pat a dog.
  • Never leave a young child, toddler or baby alone with the family dog (or any pet)
  • Adults should lead by example and always have a dog on a leash in public.
  • Never pat a dog on the head that you’re not familiar with; only pat on the side of the neck or chest.
  • If an excited or aggressive dog approaches you, stand still like a tree and do not look at it.
  • Avoid crossing paths with a strange dog.
  • Never run up to a dog; always approach slowly.
  • If a dog gives chase, remain still and stand tall.
  • Never smack and shout at a dog or roughly handle it.
  • Never go near a dog that’s caring for its puppies.
  • Never go near a dog when it’s eating or sleeping.
  • If you’re knocked over by an aggressive dog, curl up into a ball and remain still.
  • Always ensure that teenagers are well-instructed on dog-safety before they’re allowed to walk the dog.
  • Stay off all electronic devices when walking a dog.
  • Teach children ‘stranger danger’ practices with unknown dogs.

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NSW Office of Local Government:

  • Dog owners must ensure that their canine companion’s information [identification and registration] is kept up-to-date with the NSW Companion Animals Register.
  • Dog owners should be familiar with The Companion Animals Act 1998 and the Companion Animals Regulation (2008); which outlines the legislated duties and responsibilities in NSW.                           . …………………………………………………………………………………

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