The Education Team at Dogs Trust have some top tips for you all to ensure that dogs and children stay safe and happy in the home together:
1. Choice and Freedom to move away - Ensure that your dog can always move away from any interaction without being followed, whether that be with you or your children.
2. A safe space and sleeping place – Just like us, dogs need their own space to escape to and relax whenever they need to. Creating a doggy den is a great idea, but if that isn’t possible then create a ‘dog only zone’ where they can go to sleep/rest and be left undisturbed. How to build a doggy den, follow this link https://www.dogstrust.org.uk/help-advice/advice-for-owners/autumn-winter/how-to-build-a-doggy-den
3. Playing and eating undisturbed - Allow dogs to enjoy their resources without being disturbed, whether that be when they’re eating their dinner, or playing with a toy by themselves. No one likes to be disturbed when eating their favourite meal!
4. Have suitable games for your dog to play – It’s important that your dog stays active mentally as well as physically. Follow this link for some great ideas of games and activities you can play with your dog https://www.dogstrust.org.uk/help-advice/behaviour/enrichment-ideas-for-bored-dogs
For further advice on Covid19 and your dog, please refer to our FAQ section here https://www.dogstrust.org.uk/help-advice/advice-for-owners/dog-advice-during-coronavirus-lockdown
Dogs Trust are offering FREE safety workshops to ensure we can all live together safely and happily at home and in the community. Whether children own dogs or not, it is important that they learn how to respond to dogs they see out and about, learn what to do if they are scared, and develop respect, compassion and appropriate behaviours towards the dogs they know and live with.
We also offer advice and support for expectant parents on how to prepare your dog for your new arrival and how to manage safe interactions once the baby is born.
If you would like to arrange a safety workshop at your local school, via an antenatal/postnatal group, library, community centre, or other suitable community location, contact your local Education and Community Officer directly via their email or phone number listed.
We also offer comprehensive safety resources which are available to everyone. You can order printed copies of our literature through this online order form or download from links to the right on this page.
Check out our videos packed with lots of easy to understand messages for your children.
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