Dogs in schools: Our response

In response to suggestions in the media that every school should have a dog as a 'stress buster':

"While being around dogs can have huge benefits, having a dog in the classroom needs to be equally enjoyable for the dog too. A classroom can be a noisy and unpredictable place and could tire or stress any dog who visits. Having a dog in every school is not something we’d recommend, and is not likely to be in the best interests of dog welfare."

For our full advice on school dogs, please download our comprehensive guidance document.

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The Dogs Trust Education Team have been delivering free educational workshops and assemblies across the UK since 2003. Educating children about responsible dog ownership and safety around dogs is an important part of what we do at Dogs Trust.

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