Weston Hills pupils learn how to stay safe around dogs

Sarah Saunders teaches safety around dogs to pupils at Weston Hills Primary School. SG110116-112TW
Sarah Saunders teaches safety around dogs to pupils at Weston Hills Primary School. SG110116-112TW

Pupils from Weston Hills Primary School have been learning how to stay safe around dogs.

Sarah Saunders, from The Dogs Trust, visited the school on Monday to talk to children in assembly and in classes.

Puppets brought the safety talk to life. SG1016-114TW

Puppets brought the safety talk to life. SG1016-114TW

School bursar Heather Pocklington said Sarah shared safety tips such as don’t disturb dogs that are eating or sleeping, don’t approach a dog to stroke it unless the owner is there and gives consent, and if there is a dog coming towards you that you don’t know just stand still, cross your arms and look away.

• Official figures show more than 7,200 people with dog bite injuries were admitted to UK hospitals in the year to February, 2015 and under tens were the biggest age group amongst the casualties. The overall number of admissions was up 76 per cent on a decade ago.

The Dogs Trust is involved in many aspects of dog welfare and its work includes rehoming dogs and campaigning for ex-racing greyhounds.

Puppets brought the safety talk to life. SG1016-114TW

Puppets brought the safety talk to life. SG1016-114TW