Charity urges people to teach children about safety around dogs

Friday, 10th August 2012

A charity is warning people to teach children how to stay safe around dogs after research found 16 per cent of incidents involving dogs happen to children under ten.

The Health and Social Care Information Centre found that under 10’s accounted for the biggest rate of admissions of all age groups for bites and strikes from dogs.

Elaine Quickfall, a home tutor with Gateshead Behaviour Support Service explains: "We take it for granted that our children should know how to behave, but if they have no prior knowledge why would they?"

Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club secretary, added that dogs are a huge part of our lives so chances are every child will come across one this year.

"During the summer holidays is a great time to sit down with your child and speak to them about dog safety," she said.

The research found that there were 6,450 admissions to hospitals because of dog related injuries and that 1,040 of these were children under the age of ten.