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This page is for all you kids who are interested in learning about dogs, how to help look after your own pet dog, and how to be safe around dogs.

Have fun and enjoy the activities. There is a lot to learn. Please keep coming back. We will put something new on this page regularly.

Parents:  There is a lot of information on child safety around dogs in the links at the bottom of this page.

Note:  Unfortunately the jumping sheep below can't be seen on the iPad because the animation is powered by Flash.

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Jumping Sheep!!

Move your cursor over the sheep and watch them jump!






An Easy Trick to Teach Your Dog


head down - chin on the floor

'Head Down'




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Your puppy needs lots of things.
See how many you can find



Colouring Pages Contest


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Another Easy Trick to Teach Your Dog 

Teach your dog to put his chin on the floor, on command:


head down - chin on the floor

'Head down' - chin on the floor

head down - chin on your hand

 'Head down' - chin on your hand 

'Head Down' 

Tricks are fun! Tricks, like games, keep your dog alert and energetic. They give your dog a chance to play. Tricks give you and your dog time to be together. Tricks help your dog to 'learn how to learn'. If they can learn tricks, then they can learn obedience and good behaviour. Go ahead...have some fun and teach your dog some tricks.

How to teach 'Head Down' : courtesy of the Love Your Dog web site

'Start by sitting on the ground with your dog. While holding a treat, put your hand in front of your dog's nose and lead him toward the ground. As soon as your dog's chin touches ground only for a second, say "Head Down!". Then say "Release" or "OK" and give him the treat after he lifts his head.'

TIP: 'Only give your dog the treat after you have released him. Increase the time his chin is touching the ground, so eventually your dog will keep it there while you pet him. Then release him and reward him. Your dog will soon charm your friends with this trick!'






Each clue describes an item your puppy needs.
Let's see how many you can solve:

1. Something to chew on

2. It's cold and wet

3. It goes in his bowl and tastes yummie

4. You can throw it

5. Your dog gets it when he is good

6. Something to sleep on

7. You need a leash to do this safely

8. A place you and your pup go to learn



Answers  (no peeking until you have finished!)

(1) Bone

(2) Water

(3) Food

(4) Ball

(5) Treat

(6) Bed

(7) Go for a walk

(8) Doggie school, or dog training classes


Did you solve them all?    Well done!   image:  smiley face





Colouring Pages Contest


TIP:  It is very important to stay calm around dogs. They can be frightened by people jumping or screaming, and they may bite. It is always best to be calm and relaxed around dogs, especially strange dogs.


We would love to hear from you!

Click here and print out the picture that opens. Colour the picture carefully with pencils or crayons.

Then tell us why your pet is special, and what rules you have in your house to make your pet safe.

Scan or take a photo of the finished picture and send it to us at with your email address. We will choose a winner each month, and post the picture in our newsletter for everybody to see.    image:  smiley face

golden retriever with children

Get to know where all the dogs live in your neighbourhood, which ones are friendly, and which ones are not too crazy about little kids. Let an adult know if you see a strange dog without an owner visiting your neighbourhood.

(from the Fido, Friend or Foe activity book)



Healthy pets are happy pets.
Your pet is very happy that you look after him so well.




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What if You Can't Have a Dog?

Not everyone can include a dog in their family. How about taking care of one of these instead?


Links to our mini articles on small pets

image: hamster in teapot


two gerbils


image:  a pet rabbit



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Pet Mice

Parrots & Budgies etc.


box turtle

Pet Turtles



Be sure to check out your local humane society or animal rescue when looking for a new pet.
They frequently have many different types of animals, both large and small.



These small pets attract cats and dogs
Cats and dogs may hurt little creatures
Cages with tight-fitting lids keep little pets safe!







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For Parents

'Fido, Friend or Foe?' activity book

The purpose of this activity book is to teach children how to act responsibly and safely around dogs. It can be used as a starting point to talk to children about bite prevention.

The Blue Dog

The Safe Kids/ Safe Dogs Project

"Get dog smart with Diggity the Dog! Diggity the Dog’s story encompasses the number one cure for the dog bite epidemic. The story takes children on a fun walk through the neighborhood. Along the way, children encounter a whole lot of dogs in different situations. Diggity tells the "do's" and "don'ts" - right from the doggie's mouth."

Little Liam was fatally bitten by his family's own beloved dog. This site is full of information for parents and caregivers - such as dog body language; dog stress signals; signs of anxiety; why dogs bite; Be a Tree, and more. Well illustrated.

Dr. Sophia Yin's website: dog body language of fear and anxiety; how to greet, and not to greet a dog; also training tips and much more.

"Science Kids is the home of science & technology on the Internet for children around the world.”
This wonderful website helps kids learn about the amazing world of science by enjoying the “fun science experiments, cool facts, online games, free activities, ideas, lesson plans, photos, quizzes, videos & science fair projects."

Woof! It's a dog's life. Tips and training help from "Uncle Matty"

Poppy is a pit bull puppy and he has his own website where you can read about his adventures, learn about him and other puppies and dogs like him, or simply hang out and play some games.

Photo courtesy of Natalie Heath





Be A Tree program:  The information on our Education - Dog Bite Prevention page was compiled by Doggone Safe - visit their website for more information on the Be A Tree program.

The people at the Love your dog website have very generously allowed us to reproduce some of their articles. Please visit them, there is lots to enjoy there.

The American Kennel Club  (AKC) has more information, on training, dog breeds, games to play with your dog etc. Click on Search at the top of the page.



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