Dog Safety Messages for Kids and their Families

Delta Dog Safe™ is a targeted community education program providing practical ways young children and their families can reduce the incidence of dog bite. The program has been developed to promote safe and sensible behaviour around dogs.

While a dog in the family is a wonderful source of companionship and fun, Delta Dog Safe™ provides important messages about canine behaviour for young children and their parents. Early intervention and education is the key to reducing the incidence of dog bites.

Dog Safety with Delta and Friends

Here is a short upbeat video for young children about staying safe around dogs.

The Delta Dog Safe™ Program

The program is delivered to children aged between four and eight years in schools and child care centres across Tasmania. Children are provided with simple messages about dog behaviour and how to stay safe around dogs.

Book a Delta Dog Safe™ Session

Interested in booking a Delta Dog Safe™ TAS session in your school? We teach children how to read a dog’s body language and equip them with the skills needed to interact with dogs safely at home and in the wider community.

Volunteer with Delta Dog Safe™

If you have experience in working with young children and you enjoy the companionship of dogs, volunteering as a Delta Dog Safe™ Presenter is likely to be a rewarding role for you.

Tell Us Your Story

We want to know that our dog safety messages are working. Please share your account of a dog-child interaction which demonstrated the child’s understanding of safe behaviour around dogs.


My children have both been raised with the Delta Dog Safe knowledge. A huge dog ran at my girls (5 and 7 yrs) and they stood still, arms tucked in and the dog raced right passed them and jumped on my husband. I was so proud of them for remembering and staying still with a huge dog bounding at them.
Parent, Hobart
Thanks very much for educating our children about dog behaviour. My daughter used to be very timid and uncertain around dogs. When she was in Prep, you visited with Dog Safe and she really took it all in. We could really see her using the behaviours when approached by family friends’ dogs. She used to be very afraid but we now have our own dog, (a border collie crossed with a kelpie) and they are firm friends. Thanks so much again.
Parent, NW Tasmania
This is such a valuable program, the children learnt so much about dog behaviour and were very engaged and positive.
Teacher, Devonport
The whole session was very valuable, particularly the importance of asking permission before approaching someone’s dog and understanding dogs’ body language. The pictures and role play opportunities are very appropriate for this age group.
Teacher, Spreyton
The children remembered a lot from last year which was wonderful. This was an indication to me the program has had a real impact on the children.
Teacher, Devonport