Council offering tools to be dog aware and safe

Sunshine Coast Council is encouraging people to be responsible pet owners and to make sure they know how to be safe around dogs. One responsible dog tip is to always walk your dog on a lead when not in off-leash areas. Rough Collie Lilly happily walks on a lead around Coolum and will always take a pat – when asked first. Photo: Contributed  

SUNSHINE Coast Council will be providing valuable tips on pet ownership and safety from July 3-9 as part of their Dog Safety Week. On offer will be information sessions at libraries and pop-up stalls in the community.  

Council has created a valuable variety of teaching tools and resources to encourage responsible pet ownership messages for families and educators. 

Programs are designed to create a safe and harmonious co-existence between people, pets, and places. 

During Dog Safety Week, Council is holding several responsible pet pop-ups and library sessions, and these will help dog owners understand their responsibilities, including walking on a leash, entering an off-leash park, and sharing space. 

It’s also important to teach children how to feel safe around dogs and the four steps to greeting a dog. 

Four steps to greeting a dog: 

1.            Ask your parent or guardian if you could pat the dog 

2.            Ask the dog owner “Can I please pat your dog?” 

3.            Let the dog come to you first; keep your hand low and in a fist to sniff 

4.            Pat the dog gently on the back or shoulder 

It is important to remind children that some dogs are nervous and don’t like pats and they should never pat a dog that is tied up and alone. 

Over the past 12 months, there has been a 40 per cent decrease in dog attacks on children under 12 years reported to Council. Council is dedicated to instilling valuable pet lessons at a young age, to further reduce the number of dog attacks in our community. 

Bookings for Sunshine Coast Council Dog Safety Week library sessions are essential. To book visit and search “For kids and families”. 

Library Sessions 

Tuesday, July 4, 9.30-10.15 am – Caloundra Library session 

Wednesday, July 5, 9.30-10.15 am – Maroochydore Library session 

Thursday, July 6, 9.30-10.15 am – Beerwah Library session 

Friday, July 7, 9.30-10.15 am – Coolum Library session 

Responsible Pet Pop-ups 

Wednesday 5 July, 3–5 pm – Sippy Downs Dog Park, Sippy Downs          

Friday 7 July, 7 am–9 am – Glenfields Neighbourhood Park, Glenfields Boulevard, Mountain Creek 

Saturday 8 July, 3–5 pm – Quota Hideaway Park, 31 Cootamundra Drive, Mountain Creek 

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