Dog Safety Lessons For School Children
8:14am 2nd September 2014
The Dogs Trust are visiting schools in Dorset to teach children how to be safe around dogs.
The 'Be Dog Smart' Campaign is aimed at 7 to 11 year olds.
S-J Leslie is the Dogs Trust Education and Community Officer for the South and is one of 22 Education Officers working with local schools to educate them about how to be aware of dogs in a fun and engaging way;
“Animals have feelings and they are also unpredictable, you never know how a dog is going to react. So we advise them to approach all dogs in the same way, sensibly, calmly and following some of the guidance we give them.”
The initiative is now in it's 11th year and some of the tips they will be passing on are:
Beware of disturbing dogs that are sleeping
Even if for fun, don't ever tease a dog
Don't approach a dog with no owner around
Only stroke a dog when the owner say 'Yes you can'
Get the dog to sniff your hand first, then stroke gently
Last year the trust worked with 1,000 schools and arranged over 3,500 workshops.
the Dogs Trust are urging Schools to sign up for a free workshop this new school year.
To arrange a workshop visit www.learnwithdogstrust.co.uk