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Get Dog Smart With Diggity The Dog! Diggity the Dog's story encompasses the number one cure for the dog bite epidemic. The story takes children on a fun walk through the neighborhood. Along the way, children encounter a whole lot of dogs in different situations. Diggity tells the "do's" and "don'ts" - right from the doggie's mouth.

Living with Kids and Dogs: Parenting Secrets for a Safe and Happy Home

Animalink, the "humane education site about people and animals sharing the world", looks at why children are attracted to unusual pets such as lizards, and argues that many such pe ts are unsuited for life in the household.

Tips for parents when getting a puppy.

Help Children Say Goodbye To A Pet MIAMI, FL -- Death is hard for most children to understand, and when a pet dies, it can be a very confusing time.

Fun facts

When a dog is barking and you yell at him to be quiet, what he really hears is that you are barking too! Now he thinks everyone in his "pack" is barking, so it must be the right thing to do. A quick way to hush a barking dog is to quietly but firmly give him a command to do something else, such as sit or lie down.
Bite Prevention

Safe Kids/Safe Dog Project Bite prevention education

Doggone Safe offers an online video and program so that people can present this to school children.

Education is so important in understanding how dogs thinks, and react. You can prevent dog bites by reading their behavioural language. If you have an aggressive dog, find out why socialisation is so important. You don't need to be a certified animal behaviouralists to understand the nuances.

News and Ideas

Dog Legislation Council of Canada

British Medical Journal, 2000 Preventing dog bites in children: randomised controlled trial of an educational intervention

The Young New Zealanders' Challenge Skill Section of the Duke of Edinburgh's Award
Using dog training and handling towards your award.

Good dogs: Well-behaved canines educate public about responsible pet ownership. What New Zealand should aim for instead of higher penalties.

The Pet Center explores the care of dogs and cats. The site includes tips about boarding kennels, grooming and basic dog obedience techniques. Dog breeding is also covered.

The many signs of the
Waggin Tail

"There's no sure thing with the wag," said Wayne Hunthausen, DVM, of Animal Behavior Consultations in Westwood, Kansas.

"You have to take account of the whole dog. It's how the tail is wagged that's important. A dominant, aggressive dog may wag its tail, but it will be more erect, upward.

The friendly wag is horizontal and really rapid--the whole rear end moves."

Before approaching an unfamiliar dog, consider its entire demeanor. Signs of aggression can include any combination of snarling, laid-back ears, raised hackles, an assertive stance and a raised, slightly wagging tail.

Because dogs communicate with the tails, taking the time to learn what different uses of this highly mobile appendage mean strengthen the bond with your pet.

Teachers Corner

Lesson: Be Kind to Animals Teaching Tip

SPCA Education Programme (Auckland)

Pet Threat: Human Diseases From Animal Contact

The Ottawa Humane Society in Canada has the Humane Education School Program (JK-8) consists of presentations to classes on a variety of animal welfare topics and responsible pet ownership. In addition, Dog Buddies is offered, a popular grade one bite-prevention partnership program. Although New Zealand does not do this (it should), this gives one something to mull about.


Discovery Channel- Education Programme

Animals in the Classroom a series of class handouts.

Information about D-O-G

Canis lupus familiaris (dog) Information, pictures and classification. This is a good place to start your dog research for your school project! [ The Animal Diversity Web is an educational resource written largely by and for college students.]

The Dog - From Origins To Today Pets A general look what is and who is Dog! The dog
A lesson plan about teaching about dogs. You can order a video as well.

Activities for your students

How to Meet a Dog: a coloring page for kids Click on the picture to download
a .ZIP file

Webquest: Is Kim ready to care for a dog? A webquest for 12 years old that have to decide if Kim has enough time, commitment, and know-how to have a dog.

I want a pet Webquest Choosing the right pet for the people who live in flats, houses, country side, and their understanding of the health problems related to owning pets.

12 dog activities that will keep you smiling for hours. All online. For kids... of course!

A nice colourful page of dog breeds
Colouring books available.

Do you need colour-in worksheets? Suits young children (of course.. :) )

Build a Dog House Lesson Plan
Uses math, geometry and creativity

Pet Resources for Early Childhood & Yr 1, from Educational Solutions, Chch

Domestic Dogs Wanted
What are the most popular breeds of dog? Objectives Observe the characteristics of dogs. Record the popularity of different dog breeds. Compare the most popular dog breeds with the most common breeds found in animal shelters.

video to show your classroom: Click to see a bigger picture

Shiloh & Shiloh2 "When a mistreated beagle pup follows 11-year-old Marty Preston (Blake Heron) home one day, it sparks a passion in the boy that leads him into a web of moral and emotional turmoil. "

A dog has the soul of a philosopher. -Plato

Teacher Resources from Victoria, Australia.
This site has been developed for primary aged school children. All you need to do is choose the Junior Primary or Senior Primary pathway and away you go.


And another webquest about the Iditarod:
A Literature Based Unit of Study

Kids Corner

Learn to speak dog - What is your dog trying to say? -

Check out the BBC interactive site for kids. Really well done.

Neopets® is the greatest Virtual Pet Site on the Internet. With your help, we have built a community of over 40 million virtual pet owners across the world!

Puzzle dogs Put dog puzzles together - all breeds. Fun too!

Paper folding... of dogs and other things. Dog house, dog bones, dog's head, fire hydrant, etc

Bored at lunch?

Do the Doglinks' Lunch Club Activity!

dog and horse

A young boy on horseback and accompanied by his dog. He was on his way to school.

Other amazing pictures in the archives

So... do you love your dog? Get a dog certificate!

Animal Planet: very interactive and loads of fun for kids and adults.

 Virtual Dog: VirtualDog is a on-going companion/adventure game.
You can have an unlimited number of dogs.

"So You Say You Want to Become a Veterinarian ...Here's How" from has links to several pages aimed at explaining pets and related topics to children.

Did you see the movie My Dog skip? Look at the neat pictures here of the little sweety dog

Take the Quiz
Wolves and Dogs
Fact and Fiction Think you know where dogs came from? How much they have in common with their ancestors? Or what they're really trying to tell you when they bark?

Training with kids A quick, interesting read, full of pertinent info & tips for anybody whose dog might ever come into contact with a child, AND for anybody whose child might ever come into contact with a dog -San Marcos - The Transatlantic Education Mega-Site. Dog news and other educational material.

Dog Games online is a fun website where you can adopt free virtual pets such a dogs, cats, horses, turtles, monkeys, snakes, and fish, and then take care of them online.

MaraPets is a free virtual pet site with 21 fun-filled virtual worlds and dress up dolls.

What is Furry Paws? It's a virtual dog game where you can raise, train, play with, feed, and show virtual dogs. We have over 190 breeds and counting, and 15 dog sports.

Power pets Adopt a pet online

free dog games online Whether you like dog training games, dress up dog games or vet games, we have them all for you to enjoy.

Adopt your virtual friend

What parents should tell their kids

Teach the following basic rules of safety around dogs:

· Never approach an unfamiliar dog.
· Avoid direct eye contact with a dog.
· Do not disturb a dog who is sleeping, eating, or caring for puppies.
· Remember that not every dog that wags its tail is friendly.
· Always ask the owner's permission before petting a dog.
· Always approach dogs slowly and carefully.
· When meeting a new dog, let it come to you and smell you first.
· Keep away from stray dogs.
· Never run from a dog and scream. · Remain calm and motionless when approached by an unfamiliar dog (e.g., "be still like a tree").
· Always protect your face, neck and arms.
· If knocked over by a dog, roll into a ball and lie still (e.g., "be still like a log").
· Immediately report stray dogs or dogs displaying unusual behavior to an adult.
· Do not pet a dog without allowing it to see and sniff you first.
· Do not make loud noises around dogs.
· Do not ever tease a dog.
· Never reach through a fence to pet a dog.
· Never put your hand between two dogs.
· Never put your face close to a dog.
· Never try to help a hurt dog; get an adult to help.
· If you do not have permission, never enter a yard with a dog in it. Better yet, wait for the owner to enter the yard with you.
· Never leave a baby alone with a dog.
· If bitten, immediately report the bite to an adult.
· Know where the dogs in your neighborhood live.
· Never play with a dog unless supervised by an adult.

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