Safe relationships between children and dogs

Dogs are wonderful companions and the most popular pets  worldwide. Dog ownership appears to provide psychological benefits for the child, in terms of emotional, cognitive, behavioural, educational and social development.

Unfortunately there is a downside to this relationship. Dog bites in children represent a serious health and safety issue for both families and the pet dog involved.

Because most of the dog bite accidents with family dogs result from seemingly benign (from the human perspective) interactions , the aim of The Blue Dog story is to stimulate awareness in parents about how their dog behaves when being hugged, petted or approached in different situations

The Blue Dog game depicts specific child / dog interactions that are considered may lead to potential risk situations, and is aimed to create parents’ awareness about preventive strategies.

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For more information

Deutschen Veterinärmedizinischen Gesellschaft DVG
Contact :

United Kingdom
Blue Dog Trust p/a DOGS TRUST


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Blue Dog visits Hacton School nursery

The nursery is part of Hacton School, Hornchurch, UK. It is made up of 32 children aged between 3 – 4 years of age. The teachers requested that local veterinarian, Ray Butcher, come to speak to them about the Blue Dog. Ray agreed and visited the school earlier in the week to chat to the teachers to find out what they thought was the best strategy for this particular group of children.

In the event, the day before the visit the teachers showed the children parts of the children’s corner of the Blue Dog website on the interactive white board. They enjoyed playing the games and it helped to introduce Blue as a character.

At the visit, it was agreed that smaller groups (8 children each) would perform a drama about Blue going to the vet.
The whole class was shown the brief power point presentation about Blue going to the vet that is part of the Teachers’ Toolbox of the Blue Dog website. This helped to explain what they would be doing in the rest of the lesson.

The class was split into four groups of 8 children (there were 8 parts in each drama) and the teachers helped to select the pupils for the particular parts – Blue had to be particularly extrovert.

The theme for each drama was similar, but the children were allowed flexibility to adapt their roles. We took the opportunity to discuss how the characters might be feeling as the story developed.

All in all it was a very successful and enjoyable morning  - and nobody was injured!!


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