Hartlepool kids learn how to stay safe with dogs

Dave Shaw gives the presentation at Ward Jackson Primary School with Jo Banks as Dougie the dog.

Dave Shaw gives the presentation at Ward Jackson Primary School with Jo Banks as Dougie the dog.

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Primary schoolchildren across Hartlepool have been learning how to stay safe around dogs with fun visits from an expert.

Dave Shaw and Jo Banks, of Dog Positive training school, have given presentations to five town schools with more lined up next year.

Jo dresses as Dougie the dog while Dave explains how to approach dogs, understand their facial expressions and what to do if a strange dog approaches you.

Jo said: “The best way to get the kids to understand is when they are having fun.”

The assemblies are free and can be provided to youth organisations such as scouts. Call 07956727118.