‘Living Safely with Dogs’ is an educational program written for schools, children’s camps and other groups which is aimed at instilling a respect and understanding in children about dogs. It discusses their behavior and daily care and prevents dog bites through teaching how to correctly approach and act around dogs. The program can be adapted to meet the requirements of any group, regardless of the English level or age of the children. It can also be taught in Thai, if that is preferred. Thailand has many dogs, some are owned and kept on the property, and others can roam the streets. There are also many homeless dogs which drastically increase the chances of children encountering dogs on a daily basis. Many people are scared of dogs. One reason is that they believe dogs can be dirty, carry diseases or be aggressive.
When children do not learn how to properly care for and act while around dogs chances are high that they will be bitten. According to research a high percentage of bite incidents can be prevented if the children and their care-takers would know the basics of the dogs’ language, how to safely act around dogs and how to keep the animal in good physical and mental health.
Five years ago following a fatal bite incident in Bangkok, Ms. Nienke, LuckyDogs’ professional dog-trainer and behaviorist, started to create a dog bite prevention program. At the beginning of 2008, she teamed up with Ms. Soraya, educational coordinator of Care for Dogs and professional teacher, which resulted in the educational program called Professor Paws – Humane education: Living Safely with Dogs. The lessons will help children to become familiar with a dog’s physical appearance, to learn his body language to prevent bites, and to identify his needs and care. It will also bring to light the consequences of neglect and abuse and allow the children to take action, while at the same time promoting English speaking skills.
For more in depth information on this program, please, click here. And for the schools involved, please, click here
- this program to be taught at your school or other facility, or
- you would like to require the portfolio in order to be able to teach the program yourself (a donation is requested)
you would like to become involved in this project as a volunteer teacher