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Activities: Lesson 1

Explain that in this session we are going to learn about how your dog can react differently if feeling unwell.
Brainstorm what the children already know about this and get them to talk about any times they know when their animals have not been well. How have their pets reacted and why?
- Who owns a pet?
- Are dogs behaving friendly all the time?
- How does a dog behave when he is not feeling well / or feeling angry?
- Who has experienced such a situation and what happened next?

Blue is sick!

Read the three Blue Dog Flea stories over the week and discuss what has happened.

In the Teddy Bear story ( page 10 of the parent guide, sarah in the sandpit) , sarah tries to pet Blue, but he is not feeling well, he feels itchy and doesn't like sarah's stroking at all. this story is about risk situation in the context of touching a dog, because he feels poorly. For specific information about diseased animals, it might be useful to invite th local veterinarian to talk to the children or to visit the local ver hospital with the children.

Reenact the stories with the children taking on the character roles. Photograph the children in role and use hot seating activities for children to explain why the dog reacted as they did.
Begin to make lists of the elements within the stories and encourage the children to add to these when they notice something new in one of the stories. See ‘Ill Dog’ sheet.

2 Hot Seating_st_en from Blue Dog on Vimeo.

Children can add to these (on A3 paper) in group discussion times after having a story. Try literacy / drama techniques ‘Rainbowing’ or ‘Envoys’ to encourage children to share their ideas.

Y2 Brainstorming session_st_en from Blue Dog on Vimeo.


  • What have we learnt about situations that can cause a a change in dog’s behaviour?
  • How does a human warn us when they are unwell?
  • How might a dog do this and what should we do to help them?
  • How did Blue react in the stories when he didn't like it?

ICT & extra materials

Blue at the vet
Blue is feeling not very well and his owner has taken him to the vet. See Blue sitting on the vet's table looking sick and a bit scared.

Ask the children to help the vet by clicking on the objects along the bottom.

- How is Blue feeling when his paw hurts?
- How is Blue feeling when his eras are painful?
- How is Blue feeling when the vet gives him an injection?



The Blue dog DVD and parentguide, fleastories pages 10-15

Sarah is lying on a blanket drawing in her colouring book while Blue is running in the garden. As Blue runs past her, Sarah reaches out her hand to pet him. Blue, however, does not stop and keeps on running around.

Sarah leaves her blanket and starts to follow him, but Blue is not happy to be chased, and hides under the garden table. Sarah is not aware of Blue’s feelings at this time and wants to get close to him. Oh!... now Blue turns around and growls at Sarah.

Thisstory illustrates the importance of empathy (how does Blue feel when he is being petted) and how he reacts when he doesn't like it ( he hides under the table).


Do the children understand that humans can influence and cause a change in dog’s behaviour?
Can they explain what they might see when a dog is unwell, and say what they might do?



Lesson notes for evaluation of project / evidence / resource list


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In this lesson you will learn

To understand how humans can influence and cause a change in dog’s behaviour.

Part 1 Learning to understand a dog’s warning signs


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