Safe and Sound

Child sat down kneeling with a dog sat giving its paw to her

The purpose of The Kennel Club Safe and Sound Scheme is to promote the safe interaction between children and dogs. 

The Safe and Sound Scheme focuses on the educational issues connected with staying safe around dogs. It can never be taken for granted that any dog will be 100% safe with everyone all of the time. Children have to be taught how to behave in the company of even the most obedient dog.

About the scheme

The Safe and Sound Scheme was established in 2003 as an online resource to promote safe interaction between children and dogs. In reality dogs need a reason to bite, usually this is through fear or undue provocation, often just through accidents or misunderstanding of canine behaviour.

The Safe and Sound Scheme promotes and enlightens the general public on the benefits and rewards gained by owning dogs and interacting with them. The scheme teaches children how to stay safe when around dogs and how to recognise the warning signs when a dog is likely to bite.


The posters below highlight key messages of how to stay safe. They are ideal for usage dog training clubs, schools, libraries and child activity groups.