Dog bites and children

Dogs don't often bite children, but when they do they can cause injury. It can be frightening. 

Most dog bites to children are by the family dog or a dog owned by friends.

Many bites that need hospital treatment are to a child's head or face.

Preventing dog bites at home

Always supervise small children around dogs.

It's a good idea to have a secure area where your dog can be by itself away from children.

Teach your children to have a healthy respect for all dogs, including your own.

If you are getting a new dog, get some advice about the type of dog that would best suit your situation.

Make sure all your family takes some responsibility for your dog's behaviour and training.

Contact your local vet or the RSPCA if you need more information or help.

More information

For more ideas, activities and tips go to the 7 Steps to Safety page on the Department of Children and Families website.

Last updated: 27 June 2017