‘Never leave your child alone with a dog’ is a common piece of advice given to parents. A recent study has shown that more than half of adults living with children and dogs do not follow this advice. In this post, the results of this study will be reviewed, and I’ll be asking how we might adapt advice given to parents in light of these findings.
The 12th to the 19th of June is Dog Bite Prevention week in the UK. This week is an opportunity to get people talking and thinking about dog bite prevention, so don’t forget to use the hashtag #preventdogbites this week, so that people can find what you have to say.
The key word here is ‘prevention’. The current national strategy is to punish the owners of dogs who have bitten. Never has the phrase ‘shutting the door after the horse has bolted’ been more appropriate! It’s likely to be far more effective to look at ways we can stop bites happening in the first place.