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Children and Dogs

Working with children Department of Justice check Number 0118651A-01

AUSDOG is a Government Licensed Dog Training establishment, we are not a Franchise nor amateur trainers.

The owner of AUSDOG is John Harkin who has over 30 years full time Professional dog training experience ensuring your children and family dog are taught by an experienced reputable professional. 
 AUSDOG trained boys and companion dog                                
Correct handling and conditioning, as instructed and explained by AUSDOG Master Trainer John will reduce the risks significantly. Children & Dogs learn how to respect each other with guidance from John.

Dogs are pack animals, and so it is very important that you establish the correct pecking order for your dog.     

If this is not established early, your dog will automatically establish its own position in the pack, generally causing future problems for family members. 

Young boys in training session


This is why the whole family, including children, should be involved in the caring and training of your dog. It is advisable that children learn how to behave in the correct manner around dogs, to reduce the risk and increase enjoyment for all. 

Dog Bites and young Children

All too often we hear of another child bitten by a family dog. People are clearly not getting the message about the importance of managing family pets around young children.  

More children are hospitalised in Australia each year resulting from dog bites than car accidents.
Children have no understanding of dogs and the potential of danger, nor do many adults. 

Dogs are not humans. Humanising of dogs is not necessarily kind it is often cruel and confusing to dogs. Dog bite incidents are often a direct result of humanising dogs and is in many cases the cause of so many behavioural problems in dogs.

Unfortunately the pet industry as a whole has a lot to answer for in encouraging humanising of dogs. We have found misinformation to be the predominant cause of confusion with owners and their dogs.  Dogs do not act,  think and react like humans, you can think like a dog but don't expect a dog to think like a human.  For example, every second time you turn on the TV you see an advert with someone kissing a dog or putting their face in a dog's face, children see this and do the same and then we wonder why children are being bitten on the face .  This is totally irresponsible advertising.  Children do as they see adults do. 

If you are going to obtain advice check out the source and give it a bit of thought. Anyone can write a book or put anything on the net, does it make it correct?

This is not to say you should be paranoid about dogs, however the use of simple common sense along with the correct information and education provided by a professional trainer on how to manage your family pet around young children.

Very few people are qualified to advise you on the correct rearing and training of dogs to become safe suitable family companions, as loveable as your dog may be it is an animal. 

As a professional dog trainer and behavioural specialist, John educates owners how to correctly manage their companion dogs around small children. That's what he does and has been doing so for the past 30 years.

In all of John's years of dog training, he is yet to see or work with a dog that could be trusted 100% around small children.

Overly excited dogs that are jumping out of control can frighten young children and often cause injury. Scratches and bites are the most common problems and generally occur because dogs and children are left to their own devices and not managed correctly. 

Young children and dogs should always be supervised when together. Sadly, statistics prove that most dog bite incidents, whether accidental or provoked, occur in and around the home and involve family dogs and young children.


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