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Be Dog Smart!

Given the huge increase in dog ownership in 2020, The Education team have enlisted the support of furry narrator David Attenbarker to help explain the importance of safety around dogs.

The past few months have been a very strange time for us all. Now that we are all spending much more time at home, we feel it is more important than ever to be aware of the value of safe interaction between dogs and our children

Simple rules that the whole family can follow such as allowing our dogs to eat their meals and treats in peace, and making sure that they have a nice quiet place to rest undisturbed will go a long way to promoting a safe and happy environment for all. Above all, active supervision by an adult when children and dogs are sharing the same space is vital.

To hone these messages in, we have developed some fantastic free resources for everyone in the family to enjoy. At the bottom of this page you can download our Be Dog Smart Guide, a comprehensive handbook covering all aspects of dog/human safety. We also have a poster that can be put up in a classroom or home. And we have our Antenatal leaflet, which gives great advice on preparing your dog for the arrival of a new baby.

We also host Be Dog Smart workshops for children aged 7-13, which are free, and can be accessed live via zoom or in person-with strict Covid safety measures in place. You can read about these measures on our In-Person Workshops page. If you would like to book a Be Dog Smart Workshop, get in touch with your local Education and Community Officer, and we can find a date to suit you.

Our main message to people looking for safety advice, remains "Never leave a child unattended with a dog".

But if you are looking for more advice, why not check out our Be Dog Smart video below.

Oh and one more thing, if you want your child to take part in some dog safety activities, make sure to show them our Kid's Space pages, which have plenty of activities for kids of all ages and abilities, all of which centre around our main themes of dog safety, and responsible dog ownership

Stay Safe dog lovers.