MEET TESSA: Students at Ulmarra Public School learnt how to approach a dog in a non-threatening manner during the Responsible Pet Ownership Education Program.
MEET TESSA: Students at Ulmarra Public School learnt how to approach a dog in a non-threatening manner during the Responsible Pet Ownership Education Program. Jojo Newby

Kids’ hands-on dog-safety lesson

DOG safety and the safety of the children around them were at the forefront of the Responsible Pet Ownership Program which visited Ulmarra Public School this week.

Tessa, the koolie, was a special visitor to the school and gave the students a chance for hands-on learning.

School principal Sandra Armstrong said the school welcomed the program with open arms.

"It builds responsibility in kids for caring for their pets ... it's important for both the welfare of the pet and the welfare of the child," she said.

"Most children either have a pet of their own or there is a pet in their neighbourhood, so it is very important."

The safety lessons in the program are specifically designed to minimise the risk of dog attacks, and promote the general welfare and husbandry of dogs.



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