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Be a Friend to Your Dog - For Teachers

Be a Friend to Your Dog is a school resource comprised of unit plans and accompanying learning resources suited to students from Foundation (Preschool) to Year Six. It addresses dog health and welfare and related human health issues. It provides a rich source of learning experiences for students to develop:

  • empathy for dogs’ feelings
  • an understanding of dogs’ needs and behaviours
  • safe personal behaviours around dogs
  • knowledge of the relationship between dog and human health
  • knowledge of dog management programs
  • an understanding of owner responsibilities that contribute to the wellbeing of dogs

The activities in Be a Friend to Your Dog have been developed in close partnership with remote Indigenous communities and are also aligned to the Australian Curriculum’s Content descriptions and achievement standards. For students in urban or largely non-Indigenous schools, Be a Friend to Your Dog offers authentic material and opportunities to develop knowledge, understanding and an appreciation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and their communities.

Be a Friend to Your Dog Package 

Unit 1
What your Dog Needs: being a responsible dog owner
Foundation – Year 2

Unit 2
Recognising feelings: understanding dogs’ needs and behaviours and staying safe around dogs
Year levels 3 – 4

Unit 3
A Dog Health Project: creating a community dog health resource and learning more about dogs through mathematics
Year levels 4 – 5 

Unit 4
A Dog Census: conducting a dog population and health survey
Year levels 5 – 6


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