Book your place on a dog workshop for families

Understanding dogs is an important skill for children, parents and carers alike. Whether you own a pooch, have friends with dogs, or just meet them out and about, it’s crucial to know how to behave safely around them. Our family workshops, which are suitable for children aged seven and above, are designed to help.

We run two different workshops to support you and your family, depending on your needs:

If your children are younger than seven years old, the sessions won’t be suitable, and you may find our online resources useful instead.

Understanding dogs workshops - what we cover

This workshop is for you and your family if you have a child (or children) who experience worry or fear around dogs. It aims to help everyone gain a better understanding of our canine friends and offers tips about how to behave safely, which may help to improve confidence.

We’ll consider how children can safely respond in specific situations, such as being approached by a dog who wants to sniff them and say hello.

If our staff  think your child may have a phobia (rather than a fear) of dogs, they can guide you towards further support.

How you’ll learn

The online workshops are delivered by our Education and Community Officers. Each one will include a presentation, video clips, individual activities, group discussions and demonstrations.

They’ll last for around an hour, and you’ll have the chance to ask questions throughout.

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A family guide to safe behaviour and responsible ownership workshops – what we cover 

This workshop focuses on how to behave safely around dogs, as well as what they need to be healthy and happy.

While it’s targeted at families who have a dog (or are planning to get one), you’re still welcome to join us if you don’t have a dog and have no plans to get one.

You’ll all learn together, but the focus for adults and for children will be different. The adults in your family will learn about:

  • training your dog
  • enrichment for your pet
  • actively supervising children and dogs
  • understanding dog body language
  • responsible dog ownership.

The children in your family will learn about:

  • safe behaviour around dogs
  • building a positive, safe relationship with their pet
  • helping with dog training and enrichment (where appropriate and with adult supervision).

How you’ll learn

The online workshops are delivered by our Education and Community Officers. Each will include a presentation, family activities, group discussions and demonstrations.

They’ll last for between 45 minutes and an hour, depending on how much interaction there is on the day. You’ll have the chance to ask questions throughout.

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Get in touch

If you have any questions about our workshops, please contact our Education and Community team by email on [email protected]

More dog help and advice

Booked your workshop? That’s great! In the meantime, you can read all about dog care, behaviour and training in our help and advice section.

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