Infant and Child Development Lab

SRCD Symposium on Dog Bite Prevention

SeattleResearchers from the Infant and Child development lab have held a successful symposium at the Society for research in Child Development’s international conference. The symposium was titled: “Dog bite prevention: Risky misunderstandings and how to play it safe” and was chaired by Dr. Kerstin Meints.
To find out more, see the various media articles listed below.


The following talks were presented:

Talk 1: Why do children get bitten in the face? Corinne Syrnyk, Kerstin Meints & Tiny De Keuster;

Talk 2: Is the dog smiling? Children from 4-7 years misinterpret dogs’ facial expressions. Anais Racca, Naomi Hickey & Kerstin Meints

Talk 3: Do children understand dogs’ body language? Victoria Brelsford & Kerstin Meints

Talk 4: A longitudinal assessment of the Blue Dog bite prevention programme. Kerstin Meints, Nelly Lakestani & Tiny De Keuster.

The talks were well attended and we met a very interested and enthusiastic audience, including our funders from NIH and Waltham / Mars petcare!


To attend the conference we were able to obtained funding from the following sources: Waltham / Mars petcare and NIH in the UK and US, St. Mary’s University College, Calgary, Canada; Aide aux Vieux Animaux (AVA), France; and the University of Lincoln – a big Thank You to all our funders!

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