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Dogs Trust to launch Dublin Campaign for tomorrow’s dog owners

Dogs Trust a recently established dog welfare charity in Ireland is launching a unique education campaign to reach the dog owners of tomorrow. The charity will be running free interactive workshops in Dublin schools to teach young people the importance of responsible dog ownership.

With an estimated 10,000 stray dogs found last year in Dublin alone, there is a real problem of abandoned and stray dogs across the whole of Ireland, and the charity believes one of the best ways to tackle this is to work with young people to ensure that the next generation of dog owners care for their pets.

Dogs Trust has employed its first ever Education Officer in Dublin, Iris Denieffe. From last month, Iris will be running workshops with Primary school children. The workshops are aimed at encouraging young people to debate and discuss what owning and caring for a dog really involves and how to encourage responsible dog ownership.

The workshops have proved extremely popular and successful in the UK, and use a variety of engaging activities to get young people involved and help them develop self-esteem, confidence, responsibility, communication and teamwork skills using the theme of dog ownership. Dogs Trust hopes that by taking a positive message to youngsters it will encourage them to respect animals.

The workshops are specifically geared for each age group, and will link to the SPHE curriculum, but will also have cross-curricular opportunities. All workshops are interactive, and focus on encouraging as much participation from the pupils as possible. The topics covered include all aspects of what owning a dog really involves, and range from how to help stop the stray dog problem to overcoming fear of dogs.

Iris Denieffe, Dogs Trust Ireland Education Officer comments:

"This is a very exciting project for Dogs Trust, as this is our first campaign in Ireland. The problem of stray dogs is on the increase and it’s never too early to discuss the issues of responsible dog ownership. Dogs Trust is working towards the day when no healthy dog is destroyed and teaching young people how to responsibly care for their dogs and how to deal with any problems if they arise, is a step in the right direction."

For further information on the free Dogs Trust workshops for schools please contact Iris Deneieffe on 00353 1 2109426 or email dogstrust@eircom.net.

For further information on Dogs Trust please visit our website www.dogstrust.ie