In this free workshop your child will learn how to respect your family dog; what not to do to the dog and what to do with the dog form a lifetime bond.
Dogs can be great companions and they can also encourage children to develop compassion, understanding and respect for living things. Growing up with a dog may also improve children’s social skills with people and caring for a pet encourages childhood responsibility.
Children tend to treat pet dogs as their peers; they hug them, try to cuddle them, pick them up and tell them off. Much of this is exactly the opposite to dog social behaviour and your dog may find it threatening. For this reason the RSPCA have said that children are far more likely to be bitten than adults, and are far more likely to be bitten by their family dog than any others. In the US, 77% of bites are from dogs that are known to the person; either a family dog or a friend’s dog.
We’re keen to keep your children and dogs safe. Our ‘How to be your dog’s best friend’ workshop will show your children how to respect your dog and how your child can build a bond with your dog to enable them to live in harmony. Even better, we’ll show your child how to be your dog’s best friend.
Very kindly hosted by The Dragon Hotel, Swansea, this workshop is suitable for children ages 5 – 10 who have a dog in the family.
All children must be accompanied by an adult and this particular workshop is based on theory and does not allow dogs.