When a child wants to go to at a friend's house, a responsible parent asks some basic questions. For example: will a parent be home? Does the family have a pool? Is the yard fenced? Are there guns in the house and how are they secured? A parent would ask these and many more questions of a prospective in-home daycare or nanny.
Rarely does it occur to a parent to ask if the family has a dog and if so, what steps will be taken to ensure that there are no incidents.
Doggone Safe recommends that parents visit the home of the family that their child wants to visit to meet the parents and the dog. We have created a check list of situations to help parents judge whether it seems safe to leave their child at a home with a dog. We encourage trainers to copy this list and hand it out.
Red Light Criteria (do not leave your child to play at this house):
Yellow Light Criteria (leave your child only if the dog will be crated or locked away the entire time):
Green Light Criteria (leave your child if supervision will be adequate):