Dogs Trust

A ‘pawsome’ day as pupils learn how to be a dog’s best friend

Pupils from Saint Peter’s Primary School in Ashton headed off to Dogs Trust Manchester for a school day with a difference.

The Year 5 pupils from the Oxford Road school were given a tour of the Rehoming Centre in Denton, met some of the dogs waiting for their forever homes and learnt all about what it takes to keep a dog happy and healthy, before creating fun activities for the dogs to enjoy.

Dogs Trust Education & Community Officer, Anna Baatz, said:

“It’s really important that dogs are given things to do to stop them from getting bored when they are in the home. If a dog gets bored he may become mischievous or even depressed so it’s really important that we give them things to do that challenge their very active brains! One fantastic thing is to create a destruction box so that’s what we focused on. We filled cardboard boxes with layers of scrunched up newspaper and hid foodie treats inside them. The dogs absolutely loved them!”

Before the visit to the centre on Parkway, Anna had held workshops at the school helping the children understand how to stay safe around dogs, as well as what it takes to be a responsible dog owner.

Deputy Head and Year 5 Class Teacher, Eileen Anderson, said:

“The workshops were brilliant and the children have all written stories about what they think it would feel like to be an unwanted dog.

“It was brilliant to then have the chance to visit the centre; it’s incredible. The dogs were all so relaxed and we loved seeing the fun they had digging and pulling the stuffing out of the boxes to find their treats. It’s definitely a day the children will never forget and some even said they’d love to work there in the future!”

Dogs Trust offers free workshops at schools and at parents and children’s groups.  To find out more or to book a workshop, click here or contact Anna at Dogs Trust Manchester on 0161 337 3613.