Ru­ral Women ed­u­cat­ing kids on dog safety

Selwyn and Ashburton Outlook - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS - ERIN TASKER

Mid Can­ter­bury chil­dren are set to be more savvy around dogs thanks to the Winch­more branch of Ru­ral Women.

The branch, as part of Ru­ral Women’s push on dog safety, has pur­chased books on dog safety which they’ve do­nated to places with wait­ing rooms around the district. They hope kids and their par­ents will make use of them.

They chose wait­ing rooms at med­i­cal and den­tal cen­tres, and at the hospi­tal and lab­o­ra­to­ries, be­cause they were a place where par­ents and chil­dren could of­ten spend ex­tended pe­ri­ods of time,

‘‘It's very child friendly, with lots of pic­tures that are self ex­plana­tory.’’

Marg Ver­rall, Winch­more Ru­ral Women

and of­ten had time to spend read­ing to­gether. The women hoped they’d choose their in­for­ma­tive book to read.

The book – called How to Keep Kids Safe With Dogs – in­cludes an ex­ten­sive check­list of what to do, and what not to do, around dogs.

‘‘It’s very child friendly, with lots of pic­tures that are self ex­plana­tory,’’ Winch­more Ru­ral Women’s Marg Ver­rall said.

The check­list in­cludes catchy snip­pets of ad­vice, in­clud­ing: if a dog is on its own leave it alone; if a dog is run­ning free stand like a tree; if it’s time for a snack keep well back; if you hap­pen to fall roll up in a ball; and try not to ex­cite or a dog might bite.

Ru­ral Women’s Mid Can­ter­bury branches have been work­ing hard as a prov­ince to in­form kids about dog safety, with Lyn­n­ford hav­ing do­nated books to all of the district’s preschools. They also treated some of the district’s preschool­ers to a dog safety course at a lo­cal vet­eri­nary clinic.

Jane O’Reilly, South­ern Com­mu­nity Lab­o­ra­to­ries, ac­cepts a book from Ru­ral Women’s Carolyn Walkham and Marg Ver­rall (right).

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