Campaign to teach children about dog safety

Expert dog trainers from Leyland in Lancashire are visiting schools across the county teaching children how to deal with dogs.

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  1. Paul Crone, ITV News

Teaching children how to be safe around dogs

It's estimated over 600 children are bitten by dogs each year in the UK.

Now, two expert canine trainers from Lancashire are visiting schools across the county teaching youngsters how to deal with dogs both in the home and other people's pets.

And as Paul Crone reports, trainers Shirley King and Alan Fenton have a secret weapon to get their message across.

Teaching kids how to deal with dogs

Expert dog trainers from Leyland in Lancashire are visiting schools across the county teaching children how to deal with dogs. Canine Education works with schools and other children’s organisations across Lancashire to raise awareness of dog behaviour, understanding their body language and natural instincts.

Pupils get to know Moses the springer spaniel Credit: ITV Granada

There are also tips on how to defuse a dangerous situation if one arises, and how to live safely in the home with a pet dog. Pupils from St Thomas Primary School in Barrowford met Moses, to learn the do's and don'ts of dealing with dogs. Shirley King is from Canine Education .

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Campaign to teach children about dog safety

Shirley King and her partner Alan Fenton Credit: ITV

Expert dog trainers Shirley King and her partner Alan Fenton are visiting schools across Lancashire teaching children how to deal with dogs both in the home and other people's pets.

The star pupil is always Moses the ever-friendly Springer Spaniel and he's been going down a storm not least with pupils at St Thomas Primary School in Barrowford, East Lancashire.

Shirley says children should take note of three possible flashpoints where a dog might bite. They are:

  • The dog's foodbowl.
  • Doorways
  • And the family sofa.

The advice is leave a dog alone at meal time. Don't compete with a dog to get through a doorway and don't try and drag a dog off the sofa if it starts to growl. You allowed him on there in the first place! Above all if a dog stars to growl, don't make eye contact, keep your arms down and your head lowered. For further information log ontohttp://www.cetcic.co.uk/home

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