Monday, 17 August 2009

Dogs Trust Educators take to Twitter


Most people who have had any contact with Dogs Trust know what our day-to-day work with dogs involves. We take in dogs who need a home and try to find the perfect match for them. We never put a healthy dog down.

But what about all the other things we do?

I've blogged about the work we do with families fleeing domestic violence or suffering from housing crisis. You might be aware that we have campaigns areas across the country encouraging neutering, microchipping and other elements of responsible dog ownership and providing low-cost options in some of the most deprived areas. Alongside that, we also have a team dedicated to reaching the dog owners of the future through education.

The Dogs Trust Education team is headed up by Hollie Sevenoaks. She looks after a team of nine Education Officers who spread their net across the UK and offer free workshops for 7-11 year olds.

The workshops run on the theme of responsible dog ownership and as well as helping to ensure dogs and other animals are treated well they also help children develop teamwork skills, confidence and self-esteem.

Now you can follow the Dogs Trust Education team on Twitter (@dt_educ), where they'll be sharing information on and stories about interacting with the dog owners of tomorrow.

There is also a wealth of accompanying teacher resources to cover pre-school to Secondary school. These can be found along with a raft of fun activities for younger learners and supporting materials like leaflets and posters on the dedicated education website, Learn with Dogs. You can also book workshops through the site.

So come and join us, spread the word and if you are on Twitter, don't forget to drop by our main Dogs Trust feed too...
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