Cirencester College’s new recruit ‘Daisy’ teaches Swindon children dog safety.

Cirencester Sixth Form College recently welcomed a new recruit to the Animal Centre, Daisy, a 13 week year old rescued mix breed terrier.  Daisy having already won the hearts of staff and students went out on her first trip to help educate young children on dog safety.

Daisy and her handler Kimberley Monahan, Course Leader for Animal Management were delighted to be invited to Bridlewood Primary School to present a talk on dog safety for pupils from reception up to year 6.  Knowing how important dog safety is for children, the Animal Management department gladly took on this challenge and devised an interactive and informative talk that would get children thinking about how they interact with dogs safely.

The talk was a major hit with all the pupils and staff, some of the more nervous students even plucked up the courage to stroke the dog before the session was over.

Kimberley said, “The children were really excited about the talk and were superbly knowledgeable about how to remain safe and look after dogs. I was really impressed by the children at the school and I hope that from now on they follow the rules of ask first and always refer to a dogs behaviour before approaching”.

“We really enjoyed meeting Daisy and were very impressed that she could already sit when asked. Afterwards the children could talk confidently about how to approach a dog safely and the importance of asking the owner before going up to stroke a dog.”

For more information about Animal Management courses or if you would like the dog safety team to visit your school please contact Kimberley.monahan@cirencester.ac.uk.  Alternatively come along to our Open Day on Saturday 13 October between 10am and 3pm.