‘I teach Transitional Kindergarten at McNear Elementary in Petaluma. I too share Lesley’s passion for teaching young children about dog safety. I believe that dog safety should be a part of the primary grade curriculum at all elementary school sites. It is an important topic as many children do not know how to interact safely with dogs even when they own dogs themselves. Stop, Look & Paws sticker activity works beautifully! It can be simplified for the youngest of learners and go deeper for students that can have more complex conversations about reading the body language of dogs. In addition, they get to make decisions if the dog is safe to pet or not safe to pet based on how it looks and sort the reusable stickers. My hope is that the students can use what they learn and apply it when they go to play at the park, walk through their neighborhood or attend events where there are dogs.”
“Lesley’s dog learning activity, STOP, LOOK & PAWS, was not only very educational for my two sons, ages 4 and 5, it was fun, too. They loved playing it and I felt good watching, knowing they were learning how to be safe around all types of dogs. I think it is so important for children to learn dog safety …even if you don’t have a dog or plan on getting one.”
“Having been a veterinarian for many years I know the importance of how to approach dogs for the safety and comfort of both dogs and people, especially children. This activity is very valuable as a way to size up a situation that could have a disastrous outcome. My 9 year old grandson has been learning about this very topic for some time and this activity really helps to make it clear that with a little knowledge and practice before hand, dogs can be approached without fear and with an understanding of dog body language so everyone feels safe.”S.L. Nelson
“Lesley’s joy and skill teaching children in the classroom was extraordinary! She always made each child feel special and gave them her undivided attention.”
Donna ForstDonna Forst M.A., CHES
“My 4 year old absolutely LOVED the sticker packet we got from Lesley! Not only was it a fun activity for her, taking the stickers on and off, putting them on the “safe” or “unsafe” side, but it served as a great teaching opportunity for me and my wife to educate her on WHY any certain dog might be okay to pet or not based on visual cues. It’s natural for children to want to run up and pet every animal they see so having a tool like the one that Kids-n-K9’s offers to help our daughter understand the potential dangers, while having fun doing it, is invaluable to us as parents. Thank you Lesley, you truly are doing a great service to families and animals alike!”
-Brandon TrammellBrandon Trammell
“Lesley is an advocate for animals– and children’s safety as well. I’m so proud of her creativity, advocacy, and global impacts as she fosters a wonderful quality of life for both canines and people around the world. Thank you, Lesley
Carla W. Richards, Founder / Head Trainer /Golden View Dog Training, LLC
Dr. Karen Censoprano, DVMKaren Censoprano
“Lesley has a flair for working and connecting with children. My daughter loved going to school each day and thrived in her kindergarten classroom.”
Jana FiegelJana Fiegel
- The Humane Society estimates 51% of dog bite victims are children.
- Getting bitten by a dog is the second most frequent cause of visits to emergency rooms for children according to a survey done.
- Children are also more likely than adults to need medical attention, and are far more likely to be severely injured.