• Introductory Activity
Brainstorm When and Where students might meet someone walking
• Define Steps
and Sequences of Skill
1. Look at the person. Is the
person friendly? Is the dog friendly?
knowledge of body language.
Complement the person about their
"What a beautiful dog you have."
3. Ask about the dog, breed, type age.
4. Introduce yourself.
5. Ask if the dog likes to meet new people.
6. Ask permission to pet the dog.
7 . Let the dog smell your hand.
8. Kneel to the dog's eye level.
9. Stroke the dog front to back slowly.
10. Compliment the dog. "good boy"
11. Talk as you stroke.
12. Say good-bye to the dog.
13. Stand up slowly.
14. Compliment the dog owner again.
15. Thank them for letting you pet their go.
16. Close conversation by saying "Nice to meet you."
• Model the Skill
• Role Plays/Classroom Discussion---Click here to download
• Independent Uses: You may wish to have the students
draw images of people who are approachable. See models.
You may wish to talk about safety, because some abductors use
the gimmick of finding their "lost dog" to lure children
into unsafe places.
Idioms: "Rub someone the wrong way."
"It made the hair on the back on my neck stand up!"
Extensions: Talk about "Special Dogs" like K-9, Seeing
Eye Dogs, Hearing Dogs, Search & Rescue, Sheep Dogs.
Students can draw pictures of the dogs at work and present them
to the class.
Students may also list their behaviors around working dogs.
Baxter, seen above, is a registered "Therapy
Pet." He joins the group of other certified and licensed
dogs who have been extensively trained. Most students do not
appreciate the investment that is made in working dogs. Instruction
about the preparation involved in these canine heroes can be