Dogs Trust

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Our Be Dog Smart program is dedicated to fostering secure, loving connections between children and their canine companions. Here's how we make it happen:

🐾 Free Workshops for Schools: We collaborate with hundreds of schools annually, offering engaging workshops and assemblies at no cost. Our mission is to empower children with the knowledge and skills to interact safely with dogs in both their personal lives and social settings.

📚 Complementary Curriculum Support: Our workshops are thoughtfully designed to seamlessly integrate with various areas of the curriculum. We aim to enhance classroom learning by instilling safe and kind behaviours towards our four-legged friends.

🏫 Flexible Options for Every School: We understand that each school is unique. That's why we provide flexible scheduling options to accommodate diverse environments, timetables, and guest facilitation capacities.

👩‍🏫 Expert-Led Engagement: Our Education and Community Officers, equipped with extensive training and experience, ensure that workshops are not only informative but also highly engaging and interactive. We're committed to making learning about dog safety a fun and memorable experience.

🎯 Target Audience: While our primary focus is on 7-11 year olds, we are thrilled to extend our offerings to 5-7 year olds when minimum booking requirements are met. Our goal is to reach as many young minds as possible and create a lasting impact.

🤝 Securing Your Booking: Where possible, we recommend a minimum of two workshops for 7-11 year olds per booking, ensuring a comprehensive and enriching experience.

For more information on our workshops, please see our FAQ or watch our video below!

Here’s what teachers had to say:

"It exceeded my expectations.  Sometimes when you have organisations in, the deliverers may be experts in their field but not experts in talking to a class of children and you often feel you could have done it better yourself.  Not this time, Alison had both the expertise in the field and great expertise with managing a group of children.  Very impressed.”

“Jo was brilliant! Communication before the visit was fab. It was very easy to organise, and the 2 days ran really smoothly. Jo was excellent with the children (of all ages) and we will look forward to having her back again.”

To book a visit or find out more, contact your local Education and Community Officer. Find their details here or download our workshop guide below:

  • Education Workshop Guide (England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland)

    Free classroom resources are also available and can be accessed on this page. These focus on other important topics such as ‘Responsible Dog Ownership’ and ‘Dogs in War’. These resources can be incorporated into your own lessons wherever you feel they may complement your curriculum focus.