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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:
It is important to understand that dogs are not little humans and that they do not think or naturally behave like us. To help prevent the instance of dog-related accidents and injury, it is important for children to recognise:
Victor and Victoria's Pet Town has been developed by the Department of Environment and Primary Industries to help young children learn about responsible pet ownership and living safely with dogs.
As part of the Victorian Local Government's dog and cat registration process, they are required to collect a small levy on behalf of the State Government. Part of this levy funds the State Government's Responsible Pet Ownership Programs.
Pet Town supports the Victorian Government's Living Safely with Pets Primary School Education Program and the Living Safely with Dogs Kindergarten Program. As well as having lots of fun things for kids, Pet Town includes information for teachers and parents.
We focus on children aged between four and twelve years of age. Pet Town reinforces the knowledge and understandings taught by the program’s Pet Educators during school and kindergarten visits. It also supports key teaching points and curriculum outcomes outlined in curriculum and resource kits, which we provide free of charge to all Victorian kindergartens and primary schools.
Pet Town has been developed on behalf of the Department of Environment and Primary Industries by Fraynework.