Be Dog Smart Week Gemma Orr, Dogs Trust Education and Awareness Officer in Bedfordshire presenting a workshop Image: Dogs Trust

Initiative to spread dog safety advice

This week is Dogs Trust’s annual Be Dog Smart Week [3-9th June]. It’s the third year that the UK’s largest dog welfare charity has run the initiative.

Dogs Trust’s network of 27 Education and Community Officers visit schools up and down the country to teaching children, and adults alike, to understand how to behave around dogs, particularly in the home.

Since the last Be Dog Smart Week, workshops have been held across Buckinghamshire, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire in 136 primary schools, reaching 21,084 pupils with the charities’ child safety messaging.

Gemma Orr, the Education and Awareness Officer, covering Bedfordshire said:

“My job involves providing local schools in and around Bedfordshire with workshops to share fundamental dog safety advice, in a fun, friendly and engaging way.

“Whilst being around dogs can have so many wonderful benefits for young people, the simple fact is that any dog can bite or snap if they are worried or hurt. Be Dog Smart week allows us to reach even more children with our safety messaging.”

Dogs bring so much joy into people’s lives but unfortunately, we can’t teach dogs to understand when and why a child might act in a certain way towards them. But children can be taught how to care for their dogs and behave responsibly around them.

Dogs Trust believes that educating children, parents, carers, teachers and dog owners about dog safety, is the first step to preventing bite-related incidents.

Dogs Trust’s Be Dog Smart Week is an important initiative that will help it continue to spread fundamental dog safety advice to hundreds of children and parents across the UK.

The workshops are run all year round, so if you’re a local parent, guardian or teacher please do get in touch for further information or to book a workshop. There are heaps of useful resources available here at www.bedogsmart.org.uk.

Gemma Orr, Dogs Trust Education and Awareness Officer in Bedfordshire Image Dogs Trust