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Children and Dog Safety in New-Zealand

New-Zealand has one of the highest rates of dog ownership in the world. However, in the last ten years we have seen almost a 14% increase in dog bites to children in NZ. Furthermore children and dog safety is an extremely important topic. Below are useful links on organisations and educational courses available to help parents and kids learn safety around canines. Through education the aim is to help teach children how to stay safe around dogs.

Children and dog safety is crucial to Share My Pet and pet sharing.  Therefore we have complied this blog to outline some fantastic resources available. We are fortunate in New-Zealand to have many great organisations focused on children and dog safety. If you have children please take the time out to read up about some of the tips and precautions. You can teach your children on how to stay safe around dogs.

This is also important for our pet sharers who will be letting their furry family members join other families that have kids. Remember it is your responsibility as an adult to never leave your child or children in your care unsupervised around animals and pets.

 

Kids Safe with Dogs Charitable Trust

 
Have you heard of Kids Safe with Dogs charitable trust?  They are a kiwi organisation who aim to educate children of all ages using the latest research from around the world. Their goal is to educate families on dog safety and how to interact with dogs to reduce the horrifying statistics in NZ. 
 
Furthermore, it is important that any education on dog bite prevention is up to date so Kids Safe pride themselves on using the latest research to produce quality programmes. Their programmes are also regularly updated as new expertise is discovered.
 
 
 

 

Bark NZ

Currently Bark is New Zealand’s only registered charity dedicated to providing free dog safety and animal assisted education. Bark Aims to reduce the national dog bite statistics in children 12 years and under.

BARK NZ have designed and implemented well-structured lesson plans to integrate smoothly with the national school curriculum. As well as Te Whariki early childhood curriculum and with individual class, school or organisational processes.  They use Government-provided programmes (Dog Box kit) to enable  educators to deliver consistent, reliable and proven messages to all age groups. 

You and Your Dog -Dog Safety Education for kids

Fun, educational workshops run in the Nelson/Tasman district for kids aged 4-12 years. Aimed at teaching children how to stay safe around dogs. There are also free courses for schools, pre-schools and community centers in the Nelson city region. Proudly supported by the Nelson City Council.  For more information please click here

 

 

Dog Safety.Govt

For loads more up to date information about keeping kids safe around dogs please go to the government page and inform yourself and your family.

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