Rachel from ‘Dog Trust’ returned to Elphinstone to carry out follow up workshops with individual classes. These followed on from last week’s assembly. In the P6/7 workshop Rachel talked about case studies of dogs and the type of care they received from ‘Dog Trust’. There were very sad stories of neglected dogs but it was good to hear of the positive outcomes when each dog was treated and returned to good health. They were then adopted by new owners. The discussions focussed on the five welfare needs of a dog.
The Five Welfare Needs
A Good Diet– Right type of food to keep them fit
Somewhere Suitable to Live– Right type of environment
Protection from pain, injury and disease– Prevention and rapid treatment
The need to express normal behaviour– Enough space, facilities and opportunities
The need for companionship– To be housed with, or away from, other animals
The Dog Trust can receive lots of applications to adopt a dog. Each application is looked at carefully so that suitable homes can be found for every dog. The class were given information cards about different dogs at the Dog Trust, and several applications from interested people who wanted to adopt a dog. In groups the pupils worked together to discuss the welfare needs of each dog before making the important decision on the best and most suitable matches. The children completed this task very well.