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​DogSmart programme teaches dog safety

On average every day, two people in New Zealand will get bitten by a dog. Many of these incidents can be prevented.  Ashburton District Council offers a safety education programme called DogSmart. It is aimed  at school children to teach them how to be safe around dogs.

DogSmart was developed by the Christchurch City Council Animal Management Education Team and is presented to over 2.500 children annually.

The programme is a one hour session where children get an insight to dog behaviour and learn how to avoid danger when in a situation with a threatening dog.

We cater to school groups of up to 60 children, but find smaller groups work best. Children have the opportunity to practice their new skills with a real dog - all under the constant supervision of an Education Officer in a safe place.

Contact Ashburton District Council at or phone 03 307 7700 for more information and to make a  booking. Alternatively download a booking form and return it the Council, 5 Baring Square West Ashburton.​