High paws! Dogs Trust Education Officer educates 20,000 schoolchildren
Dogs Trust Evesham’s Education Officer is celebrating after educating 20,000 schoolchildren on responsible dog ownership and how to be safe around dogs.
Charlotte Paddock has been delivering dog safety lessons and workshops in schools across Worcestershire, Herefordshire and Gloucestershire for the past two years, and has had a record academic year after successfully teaching 20,000 primary schoolchildren – with Inkberrow First School helping her to reach this milestone.
Charlotte said: “I am over the moon to have had such a great year educating primary school children on how to be safe around dogs and be a responsible dog owner.
“With so many children coming into contact with dogs, it’s really important that they understand how to behave around them. If children know how to act around dogs and treat them with respect, it means they can be confident when they are out and about and families can have a really fulfilling, safe and fun relationship with their own dog.
“By helping young people learn about the responsibility and commitment involved in dog ownership we believe we can reduce the number of dogs that are mistreated and/or abandoned.”
Charlotte gives ten easy tips to remind kids how to stay safe around dogs:
Beware of disturbing dogs that are eating or sleeping.
Even if for fun, don't ever tease a dog please.
Don't approach a dog with no owner around.
Only stroke a dog when the owner says, 'Yes, you can.'
Get the dog to sniff your hand first, then stroke gently.
Strange dog approaching? Stand still, look away, cross your arms.
Move calmly and quietly around any dog.
All that hugging and kissing - you might like it, dogs don't!
Remember all dogs have teeth.
Treat dogs with respect and they will respect you!
Dogs Trust believes a dog is for life and to help families and their dogs have a happy life together offers free workshops at schools, community centres, libraries and any other suitable location for parents and children. To find out more, seek advice or to book a workshop with Charlotte go to www.learnwithdogstrust.org.uk.