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About our workshops

We have a huge variety of fun, engaging and interactive workshops delivered by our dedicated team of Education and Community Officers for both Primary and Secondary schools

These FREE workshops can be delivered online, or in-person, and we also have a selection of downloadable workshops that you can access immediately.

Take a look at our online and in-person pages and get in touch with your local Education Officer today!

Primary Schools

Be Dog Smart

Safety is the main theme behind most of our workshops, and these lessons all stem from our Be Dog Smart Campaign, where we aim to keep children and their families, safe around dogs while at home and out and about in the community.

A dog can be a wonderful addition to a family, but even if a child does not have a family pet, every child will interact with dogs at some stage, be it in a friend’s or grandparent’s house, or when out and about.

Therefore it is of the utmost importance that children are aware of how to remain safe around dogs. Our workshops will help children stay safe when interacting with dogs via fun and interactive workshops, where empathy, responsibility and an awareness that their behaviour can affect a dog's, are all heavy components.

You can read more about our Be Dog Smart campaign here.

We also have our Be Dog Confident workshops, which aim to help children with mild anxiety around dogs.

Responsible Dog Ownership

Responsible Dog Ownership is the secondary theme of our workshops. We believe all children should understand the work and effort that goes into taking care of a dog, and it is our belief that if the current generation of school children are aware of this, we will have less dogs surrendered to pounds and rescue centres in the future. We have a large variety of workshops that examine this theme, all of which encourage empathy, responsibility and practicality. Some of our workshops detail all the things a dog needs to be happy and healthy, while others calculate the cost of a dog, the suitability of a dog to a particular family, or simply detail the life of a dog in our rehoming centre, from abandonment to adoption day. Our workshops are designed to be cumulative, so if we have been to your school before, we can come back again in a years’ time, and build on the work we have done previously.

Secondary Schools

We are delighted to announce that we now visit secondary schools and have a brand new ethics workshop to deliver to second level students across the country.

Since our inception, we’ve mainly focused on primary school and community groups. Our eye has been on secondary schools since the beginning, but until now, we didn’t have the resources to tap into this massive area.


Ethics is defined as “Moral principles that govern a person's behaviour or the conducting of an activity”. We are all guided by our principles, and charities like Dogs Trust face ethical dilemmas constantly. Upon doing our research we discovered that an emphasis on ethics in education has shown to help children to make sound choices, discover and evaluate their opinions and helps them to make thoughtful and confident decisions. It became clear then, that an ethics workshop was the perfect way to start our new launch into secondary schools. It is our hope that this is the first workshop of many that we will deliver to schools across Ireland, in annual visits.

To learn more about our Ethics workshop, check out our March blog post.

Benefits for teachers:

Every year we visit hundreds of schools and work with thousands of young people encouraging their personal development and supporting the curriculum. Our trained and experienced team are fully equipped to deliver engaging and interactive lessons to your class, with minimal assistance required from you.

  • Pre-prepared lessons delivered by our Education Team
  • Linked closely to the curriculum
  • Involve different interactive learning activities that engage children and young people
  • Flexible to suit your needs and curriculum focus
  • Can last from 30 minutes to 1 hour (per class)
  • Are completely FREE!

Benefits for pupils:

Using dogs as the theme, our workshops and assemblies develop communication, co-operation, build confidence and self-esteem, whilst encouraging responsibility and respect.

Subject areas and topics include: English, Maths, Science, SPHE, Health & Wellbeing, Drama,  Careers, Safety and more.