Don’t Hug the Dog!  And other things kids should know…

Brand New Dog safety program being offered to local schools.

50% of our children are being bitten by a dog by the time they are twelve years old and 77% of bites come from their family or friend’s dog. These staggering statistics are the motivation to educate by presenting the Stop the 77 Dog Stars programme in schools.

The team from DogtownSA, a local dog shelter, will be taking a break from caring and rehabilitating their dogs to teach something really important for dog owning families and kids everywhere. With the help of Dog Stars, a program designed specifically for primary school-aged kids, the Dogtown team will bring fun and energy into educating the younger members of our community about the right way to behave around dogs.  

The aim of the program is to increase appropriate child-dog interactions in order to decrease the amount of stress that dogs can feel around children and the bites that could follow.  

“The program is simple yet still comprehensive and really entertaining for the kids!” says Tracy McQuarrie, founder of DogtownSA, “They get to watch videos and play games that help them really understand dogs, and then take home colorful, interactive handouts to help educate their parents too.”

“Children are, by far, the most common victims of dog bites, but studies show that educating kids on how to act around dogs significantly increases appropriate behaviour. This is why I am committed to helping kids learn how to act around all of the dogs they see in their lives whether their families own one or not,” say McQuarrie. While most bite prevention programs focus on what to do when a stray or aggressive dog approaches a child, Dog Stars represents a whole new take on dog safety.  Developed by, Dog Stars is a simple and fun program that focuses on teaching kids how to really respect the dogs they know and love. It’s only 30-40 minutes long and uses games and music videos with catchy lyrics to get this important message across, so the kids keep singing about dog safety long after the workshop is over.  

To have this presentation at your school contact Tracy McQuarrie directly by email on

You can see more on the Stop the 77 website:

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