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School Pupils Learn About Dogs Needs

07 January 2015
Dogs Trust

UK - Pupils at a school in Bredbury, Greater Manchester, welcomed the Dogs Trust recently, to learn about the responsibility of looking after a dog.

Education & Community Officer Anna Baatz, accompanied by her four-legged friend Education Dog Mo, went along to the Redhouse Lane school to teach the pupils all about what a dog needs.

Around 90 pupils learnt about everything from the amount of food and exercise man’s best friend needs to the toys they enjoy and how important it is that owners microchip their dogs so they can be reunited if they ever get lost.

Anna said: “To help children understand what is involved in looking after a dog properly we use a ‘Bag of Needs’ that contains things like a collar, food bowl, lead, a brush, toys and things to do with their health, such as flea and worm treatments. The children love getting these out of the bag and it makes it really easy to talk about why those things are important in a dog’s life.

“I also have poop bags and ask them to pick up fake poop to discuss how important it is to clean up after your dog and the children have the chance to scan Mo to find her microchip.”

Anna continues: “As well as rehoming around 17,000 dogs a year, Dogs Trust is committed to helping everyone understand what responsible dog ownership is all about. That’s why it’s really important that we work with schools and young people; they are the dog owners of the future.”

Caroline Brandreth, Year 3 class teacher, said: “It was an absolutely brilliant session and the fact that it ties in with the curriculum is wonderful. The children are now going to write about what is involved in caring for a dog, which I am sure is something they will always remember thanks to Anna and Mo. Having Mo here was a real treat that the teachers enjoyed as much as the children!”

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