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Weʼre raising £2,000 to Fund a Dog Bite Prevention program for schools in Essex

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I have been a primary school teacher for most of my life .Last year I took early retirement and decided to spend the rest of my working life with animals. I now work part-time for Vets-Now (out of hours vet service) and often deal with animals who are in pain and therefore prone to bite. I started to research this and discovered that over 2000 children a year in the UK are bitten by dogs seriously enough to require hospital treatment. With my teaching skills and growing understanding of dog behaviour I felt passionately that I wanted to increase awareness of this issue ,as dogs often give many warnings before biting. The training includes reading dog behaviour, how to treat dogs, how to greet a new dog and how to protect themselves should a dog bother them. I have been told that I present this in a positive way that enables children to understand dogs rather than to become fearful of them. By empowering children they can enjoy the company of dogs which I believe can enrich their lives.
I have developed a program that I hoped would engage children 5-11 years (most frequently bitten ages.) I have now trialled it in some local schools where I live in Essex. I have been delighted by the positive feedback and I am now massively motivated to expand the project. Research in the States shows that dog bite awareness programs can reduce bites in children who have taken part by up to 80%.

My basic plan is to provide training for every school in Essex and possibly beyond, but this is dependent on funding. The figure targeted would enable the project to run for a year and would hopefully help to improve the program and enable me to recruit one or more people who feel equally driven by the need to provide this service to our children. I am also approaching companies and organisations that may offer sponsorship in future.

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  • Caroline Saye1 year ago
    Caroline Saye

    Caroline Saye

    1 year ago

    A big thank you to all of you who have helped me to set off on this venture. I was delighted to get an email today from Vets-now regarding sponsorship. More concrete details to follow as there will be some negotiations first!!!

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Page last updated on: 2/5/2018 1:23 PM

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  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Feb 5, 2018

  • Katerina Zalidis

    Katerina Zalidis

    Nov 2, 2017

    A fantastic initiative that should be rolled out in all schools. Well done Caroline!

    £20.00

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Nov 2, 2017

    This is a fabulous initiative Caroline. Well done.

    £10.00

  • Ruth Piech

    Ruth Piech

    Oct 27, 2017

    Such a good idea! You’ll raise the money in no time

    £20.00

  • Donna Potts

    Donna Potts

    Oct 26, 2017

    Good luck with your project Caroline! X

    £10.00

  • Chris Rogers

    Chris Rogers

    Oct 26, 2017

    I work in a school that hosted a bite prevention assembly by Caroline, it was excellent, well done for spreading such a worthwhile and important message in an interesting and non frightening way 😊

    £10.00

  • Carol Carlsson Browne

    Carol Carlsson Browne

    Oct 26, 2017

    Brilliant project. Hope you go to my grandchildren''s schools soon.

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