Department of Education

Animal Ethics

Animal Ethics


General guidance

When dogs visit classrooms, it is inappropriate to subject them to any procedures other than observation, discussion of their behaviour and limited, well-supervised handling.

In general, dogs are not considered suitable animals for housing at a school or college.

When selecting dogs to visit schools, particular attention should be given to the suitability of the dogs’ temperament. Those that have difficult temperaments and are fearful, timid or dominant should not be used in the school situation. Ideally, dogs should be assessed for temperament and behaviour before being used in the classroom.

Any dog that has been declared dangerous under the Dog Act 1976 must not be allowed to enter school or college grounds.

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