Dogs Trust

Learn with Dogs Trust

Attention all teachers! We are now offering 30-minute online family workshops to encourage children to think and act responsibly around dogs to benefit everyone’s wellbeing. These free, fun, interactive sessions are delivered via Zoom or Microsoft Teams directly to your home and suitable for all the family. If you are interested and would like to find out more, please contact us via email at [email protected] We can't wait to hear from you!

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6 week course for students at Spires Academy, Canterbury

Over the past 2 months, my education dog, Paddy, and I have been working with a group of 16 year 8 & 9 students at Spires Academy in Canterbury. Each week we focused on a different topic including dog breeds; dog law & training; dog care & the cost of a dog; health & nutrition; the work of Dogs Trust; and current issues.

The course allowed these students to reflect on their interactions with their own dogs and/or those that they come across in their daily lives and all of them engaged fantastically throughout; many commenting that they didn’t want the course to end!

For the final session, I met the students at our Canterbury Rehoming Centre. After a few activities, I gave them a behind-the-scenes tour of the centre and they were even lucky enough to meet ‘Gurt’, a puppy which had previously been illegally smuggled into the country. This really brought to life the issues of the puppy smuggling problem and brachycephalic breeds which we’d discussed in previous sessions. 

It was fantastic to see just how much the students had all learnt in the past 6 weeks. As a result of the course, all students said they now felt more knowledgeable about dogs and, upon being asked what they would now do differently, one said they would now walk their dog twice a day instead of once; three said they would now microchip their dog; one said they would now be more mindful about what they feed their dog; and lots said they would now remember to ask before stroking someone’s dog.

The tutor was so impressed with how the students all engaged that after just the first week he booked in another course for the next academic year!