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The City of Greater Bendigo is a child friendly city and the ‘Be Safe Around Dogs’ program aims to educated children on safe behaviours around dogs and to reduce the likelihood of dogs biting children. Even if children do not have a dog at home, it is still important for them to learn how to be safe around dogs.
From 2005-2007, 580 children aged 5-9 years required hospital treatment due to dog bites in Victoria. In most cases the dog was know to the child, with almost 70% of dog bite injuries occurring in the child's own home or the home of a family member, friend or neighbour.
The number one rule for kids is, “Do not go near a dog unsupervised”. It is also important that children learn how to approach a dog correctly and what to do if an angry or aggressive dog approaches them.
The program provides educational material to teach children the skills and behaviours they need to be safe around dogs.
To play fun games while learning about safe behaviour around dogs visit the Be Safe Around Dogs website.
The following links provide more tips for children on how to behave safely around dogs, Junior Primary and Senior Primary
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Updated: 12:45 PM, 9 October 2012
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