Public Information - The Animal Behaviour and Training Council
Dog Behaviour Problems
The Dogs Trust
Why do they do it and what can you do? Many dogs show unwanted behaviour, whether they have come from rescue or not, but why does this happen and what can you do about it? All dogs are individuals and have different genetics and experiences that will shape how they turn out and interact with their owners, other people, dogs and animals – so it’s really hard, if not impossible to generalise about them. However, there are some common factors that could create problems in dogs, so we will describe these problems in this factsheet ....
Keeping ourselves safe near dogs
This resource has been designed with year 5 and 6 pupils in mind and is suitable for other year groups and PSHE lessons. It will enable teachers to feel confident when covering these lesson objectives:
- to understand why dogs bite
- to realise the importance of human interactions with dogs
- to realise dogs usually become aggressive to defend themselves and their possessions
- to understand that there is a graded ladder, or sequence, of aggression for both dogs and humans
- to realise that certain actions and situations can trigger aggressive behaviour in both dogs and humans
- to understand that dog bites can be avoided
- to stop dogs feeling like biting.
This is a FREE resource and is made of two parts: A set of comprehensive teacher's notes, background information, glossary, suggested activities and answers, as well as, a pack of sixteen worksheets.
Download the Free Resource by clicking on the links below. Both documents are over 1mb, so please be patient if you have a slow connection.
Socialisation and Habituation of Puppies
- Socialisation of puppies to people - (opens in new window)
- Habituation of puppies to household and potentially adverse noises - (opens in new window)
RSPCA Public Information
- DOGS and CHILDREN - (opens in new window)
Cats Protection have a FREE online learning course called Understanding Feline Origins. It can be accessed at http://learnonline.cats.org.uk/content/ufo/index.html - (opens in new window)
Sound Therapy for Pets
Dogs Trust are delighted to have partnered with vets Sarah Heath and Jon Bowen to offer you their range of sound based treatment programmes for free. Dogs that are safely and gradually exposed to many different experiences, including loud noises, during their essential socialisation period of 3 to 16 weeks of age, are often able to cope more effectively with novel, frightening sounds like fireworks or loud engine noises. The free downloads available here, together with their corresponding how-to-guides, contain a collection of specifically recorded noises that all puppies need to get used to, including domestic noises, traffic, fireworks and thunder.
https://www.dogstrust.org.uk/help-advice/dog-behaviour-health/sound-therapy-for-pets - (opens in new window)
Welfare in Dog Training
Excellent advice on identifying good practice in dog training and more to be found at: http://www.dogwelfarecampaign.org/index.php
Cats and Babies
Having a baby is a time of big change as you adapt to the seemingly huge needs of a very small new human. It is often all consuming and you worry about everything. As with all things, a bit of planning and thinking ahead can make a lot of difference and also give you some peace of mind. Important advice is available at: Cats and Babies
Cats are fascinating but sometimes mysterious creatures. Increasing our understanding and knowledge of their behaviour, can only enhance our enjoyment and love of these special animals. Cat Behaviour
The Blue Dog
The Blue Dog programme is a free to access information site with free teaching materials for the professional educator. It covers many aspects of dog ownership and staying safe around dogs.