The Dogs Trust delivered 4 workshops in February to Year 10s, giving them the skills to take care of a pet dog.
Jo, the London Education and Outreach Officer from Dogs Trust, ran some dog related workshops at Francis Barber. During the session we learnt about a variety of dog related topics, using interactive resources and discussions. We discovered what a big responsibility owning a dog is. We covered:-
- What the Dogs Trust does and why. Previous experiences around dogs and how our behaviour can affect how they feel. What we need to think about before getting a dog, to ensure we can provide all the things it needs, for the whole of it’s life. #adogisforlife
- The variety of different breeds of dog, how their care requirements differ and how important it is we are aware of this, before we get a dog. Long haired dogs need regular coat care, some breeds require high levels of exercise and mental stimulation, some breeds are more prone to health conditions or can inherit them genetically.
- How dogs communicate with us, their feelings and emotions and how they try to let us know what they are feeling through their body language.
- Making a budget for a dog, including all the start up and ongoing items you would need to purchase for a dog and why they are important for health and welfare.