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 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.
Volunteer presenters are specially trained to deliver ‘dog friendly’ school and parent education programs. Lessons have been developed by animal behaviourist and education specialists to be age appropriate for primary school children.
Topics include how to read dogs’ body language, how to react in certain situations and how to safely greet and play with dogs. The program includes interaction and role play with non-threatening soft toy dogs, so that children who are frightened of dogs can participate without feeling afraid.
Dog Safe is currently available only in Tasmania.
Delta Dog Safe Program
A free program for children aged 4-8yrs in Tasmania, Delta Dog Safe is a community education program that aims to reduce the incidence of dog bite.
Can Delta Therapy Dogs accredit my dog as a companion dog?Delta cannot assess or accredit dogs for work outside of our programs. Volunteer Delta Therapy Dog Teams visit facilities that have signed an agreement with us. We are unable to provide companion animal certification.
Can a Delta therapy dog visit my home?Delta Volunteer Delta Therapy Dog Teams can only visit facilities that we have signed agreement with us. At the moment, we do not visit people's own homes.
Can I get a dog for a disabled family member or friend?Dogs who are trained to personally support one person with a special need or disability are called Assistance Dogs. Please contact Assistance Dogs Australia who provide accredited dogs to assist people with special needs and disabilities.
Can Delta provide my dog with public access certifcation?No, we are not authorised to provide this certification. You should contact your local Government department that looks after this area to see what is required. Legislation can vary by state governments and councils.
Can Delta assess my cat,horse, etc. to be a therapy animal?"At this stage, our programs only involve dogs.