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Be Dog Smart

Wondering how to help your children understand how to keep safe around dogs? Look no further! The Dogs Trust are running a very successful campaign which helps children and families learn how to meet dogs, what to do if they’re scared and how to develop respect and empathy for the dogs that they meet. Whether you own dogs or not, we think this is a great campaign to get involved with to help keep our children safe.

In addition to the excellent leaflets, videos, guides and posters they have available on the Dogs Trust website, they can also arrange a ‘Be Dog Smart’ workshop at a convenient location, such as your local school or library. For more information and to book, please click here: http://www.learnwithdogstrust.org.uk/be-dog-smart/

The Dogs Trust offer 10 easy tips to help kids remember how to keep safe so we thought we’d share them here too.

Here they are:

B eware of disturbing dogs that are eating or sleeping
E ven for fun, don’t tease a dog please

D on’t approach a dog with no owner around
O nly stroke a dog when the owner says ‘Yes, you can’
G et the dog to sniff your hand first, then stroke gently

S trange dog approaching? Stand still, look away, cross your arms
M ove calmly and quietly around any dog
A ll that hugging and kissing – you might like it, not all dogs do
R emember all dogs have teeth
T reat dogs with kindness and respect

We’d love to hear from you so do get in touch to share your experiences of the workshop!

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