A good image and a well trained dog

In this activity young people learn how professionals train their dogs to do very complicated and responsible tasks using only reward-based training. They are encouraged to train their dogs in this positive manner and are given the opportunity to `hit back┬┐ at some of the negative media young dog owners receive in the press.

Young people will:

  • develop the understanding that dogs may be more obedient and easier to control if they are trained through reward-based training
  • be given the opportunity to reflect on why they think they are good dog owners and/or why the dog they choose to keep is a good dog
  • be given the opportunity to teach their dog a trick using positive, reward-based training 

Number of participants: Although elements of this session could be done with a group, this will work best working with just one person.

How long it will take:

  • Watching the video clips and discussing them will take about 30-40 minutes, depending on the discussion about each.
  • The `good image┬┐ activity will vary according to the option you go for. It could be completed over several sessions.

Included in this guide:

  • Activity sheets
  • Fact sheets
  • Facilitators' notes