Kids Activity Page
Welcome to our Spring Activity Page
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: Because this page uses scripts you may get the following message "Internet Explorer restricted this web page from running scripts or ActiveX controls." You may have to allow blocked content if you can't see the jumping sheep or the answers to the puzzles, for example.
Unfortunately the jumping sheep below can't be seen on the iPad because the animation is powered by Flash. We are very sorry about that, but we decided to leave the sheep on the page because they are fun for the people who are able to see them!
Move your cursor over the sheep and watch them jump!
An Easy Trick to Teach Your Dog
How to teach "Turn Around, or Turn Left" : courtesy of the Love Your Dog web site - http://www.loveyourdog.com
Start by having your dog stand up facing you. Let your dog see a treat in your hand. Stand still and say, "Turn around". Lead the dog's nose around to the left (clockwise) with the treat so he walks in a circle. When he comes back to where he's facing you again, say, "Good dog!" and give him the treat.
TIP: After some practice, hold the treat in front of you so your dog can see it and say, "Turn around," but don't lead his nose. See if he is ready to turn around by himself and get the treat. Pretty soon, he will turn around faster than you can say 'Lassie!"
If you choose to use the words, "Turn Left", use them all the time. Don't use "Turn around" sometimes, and "Turn Left" other times. Be consistent.
There is a nice video demonstrating this useful trick on the Love Your Dog web site: http://www.loveyourdog.com/turnaroundbonnie.html
Note: We like to use this trick when drying our dog after a walk in the rain. First we dry one side of her, then we say "Turn around" so we can dry her other side!
Dogs are fun. There is so much to learn about them. Let’s see how much you already know. Try this quiz and see.
Answer the questions, choosing A, B or C
puzzle produced by Julie More
Colouring Pages Contest
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.
Healthy pets are happy pets.
What if You Can't Have a Dog?
Not everyone can add a dog to their family.
Perhaps your house is too small (you live in an apartment or condo), or your landlord doesn't allow you to keep a dog. Perhaps your family just doesn't have the time to exercise a dog, groom her, or take her to the vet when she is sick. Or maybe someone in your family has allergies to dogs.
Have you considered one of the cuddly and loving creatures below instead? Or even something not quite as cuddly, like a tortoise or a fish?
How about a rabbit or a guinea pig? They make wonderful, affectionate and fairly long-lived pets. Or a mouse or rat? They are intelligent and can be taught to do tricks quite easily. How about a hamster or gerbil? A chinchilla? Or, if the allergic person cannot tolerate any animal hair, there are pet birds. Or fish. Did you know that with patience you can actually train a goldfish to do simple tricks such as swimming through a hoop for rewards? Amazing!
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.
This time we will talk about some very lively little pets: GerbilsGerbils are very popular small pets. They don't sleep much during the day, as hamsters tend to do, so you can watch them running and climbing around their cages, shredding paper and running on a wheel (make sure the wheel you provide is solid material so that their long tails don't get trapped as the wheel turns). They can be taught tricks, using food.
Gerbils are very friendly and normally only bite when frightened. They don't mind gentle handling, but should not be picked up by their sensitive tails because this might injure them and pull the fur off. Sadly, they only live about 3-4 years. They are very curious and fearless, so owners have to be careful about letting them run free. They like to explore small places such as under furniture, or holes in walls, and they might get trapped there. Another caution: they love to run inside special clear plastic balls, and can move quite fast. However, if there are steps nearby, or if the ball is on a table top, the gerbil might roll the ball right off and hurt itself quite badly.
Because they are so clean and don't smell, gerbils are easy to care for provided their bedding is cleaned out regularly. They can be housed in a large aquarium, a hard wood cage, or a plastic cage from the pet store that has lots of tubes and ladders for the gerbils to play in. The cage will have to be covered. Gerbils are very agile and can easily jump out (they can be hard to catch, and may get hurt). They will build a cozy nest in a corner of their cage, and it will soon become quite deep with torn pieces of paper that they have chewed. Gerbils love to shred paper, cardboard, or pieces of clean wood. They enjoy running through, and then chewing on the inner tubes from kitchen rolls. All this chewing is essential to keep their teeth from growing too long.
Gerbils like company and can be kept in groups of the same sex, although a pair of females might be better than a pair of males, who may fight. Sometimes they will play fight, standing on their back legs and boxing like kangaroos.
Gerbils attract cats and dogs; cats and dogs kill gerbils;
cages with tight-fitting lids keep little gerbils safe!
Here are some useful gerbil links for you, with much more information:
For Parents Too
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"
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) also has much information and many games to play.
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