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Hundreds of kids set to learn how to stay safe around dogs during second annual 'Be Dog Smart' week

Dogs Trust will be delivering dog safety workshops to children across the UK this week (11th- 17th June) as part of its second annual Be Dog Smart week.

The charity’s 26 Education and Community Officers will be visiting schools across the country reaching over 14,000 children over the course of the week, to ensure they understand how to behave around dogs, particularly in the home. So far this year the charity’s Education and Community Officers have held workshops in 1,584 primary schools, reaching 176,418 pupils.

A survey* of parents revealed that 34% of children come into contact with a dog every single day and around a third of these dogs belong to their family or a close relative. 40% of busy parents admitted they have never taught their child to behave around dogs, but around a fifth have seen their child pulling a dog’s tail, lying or sitting on a dog and kissing a dog’s nose. The awareness week is just one of a number of initiatives the charity is putting in place to help ensure dogs and children live harmoniously together. 

Hollie Sevenoaks, Head of Education at Dogs Trust says,

“Be Dog Smart Week is an important initiative that will help us continue to spread fundamental dog safety advice to hundreds of children and parents across the UK. Whilst being around dogs can have so many wonderful benefits for young people, the simple fact is that any dog can bite or snap if they are worried or hurt. Be Dog Smart week allows us to reach even more children with our safety messaging.

“We can’t teach dogs to understand when and why a child might act in a certain way towards them, but we can teach children how to care for their dogs and behave responsibly around them. At Dogs Trust, we believe educating children, parents, grandparents, friends, teachers, guardians, and dog owners about dog safety, is the first step to preventing bite-related incidents.”

Dogs Trust’s team of 26 education officers have delivered 10,647 Be Dog Smart workshops to over 300,000 children across the country since it began. If you are a parent or guardian and would like further information about our Be Dog Smart campaign or if you’d like to book a workshop, please visit www.bedogsmart.org.uk

** Survey conducted of 2,000 parents in February 2015 by One Poll on behalf of Dogs Trust.