Preventing Dog Attacks in the Home
- Most serious dog attacks (resulting in hospitalisation) occur in the home.
- Children under 5 years are the group most at risk of dog attack, followed by children 5-9 years.
- Children are more likely to be hospitalised due to dog attack than due to a car accident.
- Most children are bitten by their own dog, or by a dog they know, when playing with, patting or feeding it.
- Active supervision is the key. Never leave young children (particularly children under 5 years of age) alone with dogs.
- Train and socialise your dog. Understand a little about dog behaviour.
- Don’t allow children to play roughly, tease or corner dogs, or hug dogs around the neck.
- Teach kids the warning signs of a frightened or angry dog, and what to do if confronted by an aggressive dog (see the page "How to prevent dog attacks in the community").
- Teach kids when to leave dogs alone. eg when dogs are asleep, feeding, unwell, with pups, tied up, not with owner, in a car, behind a fence/gate.
Dont's for dogs
||Don't disturb when sick
|Don't approach angry dogs
||Don't cuddle face to face
||Don't disturb when sleeping
||Don't disturb when feeding
|Don't approach frightened dogs
||Don't allow dogs near parties
||Don't disturb when with pups
||Don't climb on fences