Ways You Can Teach Your Child To Be Safe Around Dogs:

  1. Teach your child to always ask a dog's owner before they approach any dog.

  2. Teach your child to let the dog come to them and sniff the back of their hand.

  3. Teach your child to pat UNDER the dog's head (i.e. on the front of its chest) NOT OVER the dog's head (dogs may think they are going to be hit).

  4. Teach your child not to stare directly into a dog's eyes (a dog may perceive this as threatening).

  5. Teach your child not to put their hand into a dog's 'territory' - for example through a car window, through the bars of a gate or fence.

These principles are encapulated in the Chat Before You Pat™ Rhyme:

Chat before you pat,

Talk to the owner,

Don't stare into their eyes,

Pat under not over.

View the Chat Before You Pat Rhyme below:

Chat Before You Pat Parent Corner

Chat Before You Pat™ Learning Centre


The Chat Before You Pat™ Learning Centre is a section of the website containing kid-friendly videos and other resources that you can use to teach your child how to be safe around dogs.