Dogs Trust

Learn with Dogs Trust


Below is a list of common questions we sometimes get asked about our workshops. We hope you find the answer to your query below. If not, you can always email us at [email protected]  and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Do workshops always involve a dog?

Not all of our Education Team have dogs that can come into schools, but those that do are confident that their dogs are suitable for a class setting and will enjoy meeting your pupils. It is not essential for a dog to visit to get a benefit from our workshops.

If you have any particular concerns about having a dog in your classroom, our Education and Community Officers will be happy to discuss these with you.

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What age groups do you talk to?

Our workshops are bespoke and can be tailored to any age group. Just speak to your local Education and Community Officer to discuss your individual needs.

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Do you provide a risk assessment for bringing a dog into school?

All our Education and Community Officers can provide a risk assessment so please do mention if you need to see this before your booking is confirmed or before the workshop takes place.

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How long does each workshop last?

Workshops in general can last between 30mins and 1 hour. However, if you have a specific requirement our team will be happy to discuss your needs.

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Where will the workshops take place?

Workshops can take place in a classroom or even in the hall, we try our best to accommodate your needs - however please do make it clear what you need to your Education and Community Officer in advance of the visit.

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What equipment will the school need to provide?

For Secondary Schools, we will need a smartboard, or a projector that connects to a laptop or PC with a usb doc, and access to powerpoint. While this is essential for our secondary workshops, it is only preferable for Primary. Our team can adjust our primary workshops to suit the facilities available. Each Education and Community Officer has a wealth of different resources and techniques to suit different size primary workshops and they will discuss the best approach for you when you place your booking.

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Can the workshops be run without the teacher?

We ask the teacher to be present during the workshop not only to help support the pupils, deal with any illness or behaviour issues, but most importantly to take on board what has been covered in the workshop, to enable further consolidation of the key messages as well as the extension of themes and what has been learnt into the classroom.

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Is there a limit to the number of free workshops we can have?

No there isn’t, we are happy to talk to as many classes and pupils that you would like us to.

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How far in advance do we need to book a workshop?

We can get booked up quite fast, but always contact us to see whether we can be available. Ideally a term in advance.

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Can you tailor a workshop to meet a specific requirement?

Yes we can, just talk to your Education and Community Officer about your requirements and they will work out how we can help.

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How do you cater for SEN or more able pupils?

We always talk to teachers prior to the workshops to assess whether there are any special requirements. Our activities are designed to be flexible and can be adapted to meet most pupils’ needs.

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How much does a workshop cost?

All our workshops are free of charge, as education is a huge part of solving the problem of stray and/or abandoned dogs. However, donations to the rehoming centre or fundraising is always welcomed.

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