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Staying Safe during lockdown

For those of you with dogs, you might find that they are delighted to have you around the house all the time, but we have to remember that some dogs might be slightly put off by this change in routine. This is a peculiar time for all of us, but we must remember that it is also strange for our pets.

At least we have the benefit of knowing why our regular routines have been upended. Our dogs don’t have a clue what is happening, and while many of them will be delighted to have their humans with them 24/7, some of them may find the shift in habits unsettling. The most important thing is to make sure your dogs remain happy, and comfortable in your home. If they are happy they will feel safe, and if your dog feels safe, then any children in the family should stay safe too.

With all these restrictions in place, dog walks are likely reduced and with everyone at home, their sleep pattern may be off kilter. While these changes may not seem like a huge deal to us, this could lead to frustration with our dogs so if at all possible, try to keep to your dog’s normal routine.

 

Check out our blog page for tips on staying safe with your dogs through quarantine.

 

Paws, Think, Stay Safe

Be Dog Smart is our safety campaign to help all family members understand how to behave around dogs in order to keep themselves safe. (Please note that due the current situation, we are not offering face to face workshops at the moment)

Dogs Trust Education and Community Officers bring FREE workshops to schools to teach children how to approach and say hello to a dog who is with their owner, what do to if they are frightened by a dog, and how to behave around dogs so that they can stay safe. We also go into the community to teach parents how to help keep their children safe around dogs with our  family friendly workshops. We have workshops for expectant parents ,toddlers and primary aged children and a workshop for parents of teenagers. All of our workshops are presented by our dedicated Education and Community Officers. Check out our videos below to see an example of some of the advice that we offer during our Be Dog Smart workshops. 

If you are interested in finding out more about Be Dog Smart and would like to arrange a ‘Be Dog Smart’ workshop in your school, library or community centre, you can find your local Education and Community Officer at our Meet the Team page

We also offer a range comprehensive educational resources which can be downloaded below, or can be ordered via this form.

 *Please note, as a charity we have limited resources and currently cannot offer evening or weekend workshops.