Dogs and People
A dog’s friendship can be wonderful for children. However, children - particularly those aged under 10 - are at risk of being bitten. Even a friendly dog can bite if threatened, angry, or hurt.
Find out more about dangerous dogs and restricted breed here.
- Make sure your dog socialises safely with children from an early age.
- Take your dog to puppy school or give it obedience classes.
- Keep children away from your dog if it’s sick or convalescing.
- Never leave your dog alone with babies or young children.
- Always ask the owner if it’s okay to pat their dog.
- Show your children how to introduce themselves to dogs by presenting a palm for them to sniff.
- Assess the dog’s body language- is it submissive (i.e. rolling on its back) or acting aggressively?
- Never approach a strange dog unless the owner is present and the dog has been introduced.
- Never interrupt a sleeping or eating dog.
- Don’t tease, handle roughly or grab dogs around the neck or tail.
- Don’t cuddle dogs face to face - it may represent a threat
- Don’t run up to a mother and its pups
- Don’t pick up a dogs toy or treat without asking its owner first.
Police can fine a driver and issue demerit points if an animal is causing the driver to be not in full control of a vehicle, or if they are driving with a dog on their lap. Animals should be seated or housed in an appropriate area of the vehicle and wearing a restraint. Contact the RMS for more information.
The RSPCA can also issue fines under The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act if an unrestrained animal is injured.
There are many plants that are safe for humans but may be dangerous for pets. Get more information here.