Dogs Trust

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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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Building Confidence Around Dogs

Millions of families in the UK have dogs. With so many pooches around, the chances are you will come into contact with them at the park, along the street or even at a friend's or family member's house.

At Dogs Trust, we understand that not everyone is comfortable being around dogs and we know some people may also be scared of them. This can impact a child's life, from not wanting to play in the park or visit friends, to being worried about walking down the street in case they see a dog. 

Therefore, we have developed an online workshop for children and their families on how to understand dogs better and build their confidence. The workshop has been developed for Key Stage 2 children and their parents/carers and can be delivered as an after school session or online. For more information on what we can offer please contact [email protected]

We also have our Building Confidence Around Dogs leaflet full of helpful tips and advice on how to help manage your child's anxieties around dogs. Available to download to the right on this page or in hard copy via our online order form

Top tips whilst out and about:

  • If you see a dog and are frightened, walk past calmly.
  • Never run away as this may encourage the dog to chase after you.
  • Try not to scream as this may alarm or excite the dogs.
  • Try to avoid areas where dogs are off lead.
  • Many children's play areas have railings around them to keep dogs out.

*Dogs Trust worked alongside psychologist Dr Olivia Kenneally to develop this guide to support building confidence of dogs in children. If the fear is at a high level, or to overcome a fear altogether, further professional advice should be sought.