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Owning pets can be a lot of fun, and pets can provide us with company, stress relief and unconditional love. Pet ownership also teaches children responsibility, and helps them develop their social and nurturing skills.
Did you know that the average lifespan of a small dog is 11 years, and 12 years for a cat? Responsible pet ownership involves choosing the right pet for your lifestyle, complying with the law, caring for your pet’s health, and ensuring your pet doesn’t cause problems in the community.
We must also remember that they are not little humans and that they do not think or naturally behave like us. It is important for children to recognise the warning signs given by dogs, the correct way to approach a dog and what to do if approached by an aggressive dog to help prevent the instance of dog-related accidents and injury.
Victor and Victoria’s Pet Town was developed by the
NSW State Government to help young children learn about responsible pet ownership and living safely with dogs.
This educational program is designed to support the
New South Wales Government’s Responsible Pet Ownership Program for children in grade levels K-2. The program is supported by comprehensive Parent’s and Teacher’s sections which incorporate extensive curriculum materials and are supported by a range of engaging student resources.