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Dogs Trust helps local school lead the way in dog safety

Local school children have taken to the streets to promote dog safety after receiving valuable tips from the UK’s largest animal welfare charity, Dogs Trust. St Helen’s Primary School in Hartlepool got a visit from a Dogs Trust’s Education and Community Officer in the North East England, who gave informative ‘Be Dog Smart’ workshops to pupils in a bid to help them ensure they stay safe around dogs.

After their workshops, pupils helped spread the word by assisting Dogs Trust in delivering dog safety leaflets to local homes near their school. Teachers at St Helen’s Primary School commandeered their very own ‘Mini Police’ [pictured] to assist and make sure local dog and potential dog owners were well informed.

Katie Chapel, Dogs Trust’s Education and Community Officer in North East England said:

“St Helen’s Primary School is one of the first in Hartlepool to receive our workshops but hopefully not the last, as we want to continue to highlight the ways we can all live together safely and happily at home and in the community with our pets.

“Our workshops cover everything, from why dogs need to be microchipped, the benefits of neutering our pets; to building confidence around them and how to behave safely around our own dogs, as well as those we meet in public. What pupils learn from the sessions they can share with their friends and families, as well as use this knowledge later in life when they become dog owners themselves.

“I would welcome the opportunity to work with other schools in the area and encourage them to get in touch, as pupils really do get a lot out of the workshops; and these can be tailored to meet the needs of the class. Huge thanks to the teachers and pupil’s at St Helen’s Primary for doing their bit to raise awareness around dog welfare.”

Carole Bradley, Headteacher, St Helen’s Primary School, said:

“St Helen’s Primary School are delighted to be one of the first schools in Hartlepool to work with Dogs Trust in providing essential information to our pupils about being safe around dogs, this is not only around dogs in public places but also in the pupil’s home environment. This is an important topic and I thank Dog’s Trust for working with St Helen’s Primary School.”

Dogs Trust’s Education and Community team deliver free dog safety workshops throughout the UK. Whether children own dogs or not, it is important they learn how to interact with unknown dogs in the correct way, learn what to do if they are scared and develop a respect and empathy for dogs they know and live with.

For more information about Dogs Trust’s ‘Be Dog Smart’ campaign, please visit www.learnwithdogstrust.org.uk/be-dog-smart