Rural Women educating kids on dog safety
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).