Kennel Club launches interactive homework pack to help educate children about dog safety and picking the right dog breed.
The Kennel Club (KC) has created an interactive homework pack to help educate children about dog safety and picking the right dog breed for their family.
The Discover Dogs homework pack comes on the back of new KC research that found one in four families with dogs got the animal due to pester power from children, and that one in 10 owners still buy dogs as Christmas presents.
The survey of more than 2,000 owners found:
- One in four dog-owning households got a dog because of pester power
- One in 10 admit their child picked their chosen breed or crossbreed
- One in 10 do no research about different breeds’ care needs
- One in 10 still buy dogs as Christmas presents
The homework pack is an interactive presentation with facts and figures about dog breeds and links to web resources on choosing the right breed and safety around dogs, culminating in a quiz for children to test what they have learned.
KC secretary Caroline Kisko said: “Children have a major influence on their parents’ decision to buy a dog in the first place, and then over which type of dog they buy. In the lead up to Christmas we want families to be thinking carefully about whether a dog is right for them, and if so which breed would suit their lifestyle, rather than buying on a whim, and this is what the Discover Dogs event is all about.
“We have released the Discover Dogs homework packs to help children get all the information that they and their parents need to make the right choice about their lifelong companion.”
The homework pack can be found at www.discoverdogs.org.uk/buyingadog