The Kindergarten children recently enjoyed enjoyed an incursion from the Responsible Pet Ownership program. During this experience, each child was given the opportunity to participate in a meet and greet with the Pet Educators dog. The owner of the dog, Janina, introduced her dog named Kala who is 10 years old.
For many children this is their first interaction with a dog and provides a positive and educational experience for each child.
Dog visits are a integral part of the Kindergarten program, as we believe it's important children learn to become responsible pet owners.
The interactive program focuses on teaching students:
* When dogs should be left alone
* Things we should not do to dogs
* How can you tell if a dog is happy, scared or angry
* A safe way to approach and greet a dog
* What to do if approached by an unknown or aggressive dog.
Through interactive learning, the children learnt a four step process to follow if they meet a dog when out and about:
2. Ask (the owner)
3. Smell (allow the dog to smell your hand, tucking your thumb in under your fingers)
To view this information for yourself, or to listen to the song, please click here: www.wearefamily.vic.gov.au/songs/
This program was introduced to the Kinder children as we have observed a few children showing an interest and role playing dogs. We also found the importance to exposing and ensuring that they are aware of dog safety as we go out on our adventures in the community on weekly basis. We look forward to extending their interest further.