Students learn to pet a dog, Hug a Tree
First graders at Barnwell Primary School learned some important information from a furry visitor.
Brent Parker and his certified search and rescue dog Ralph visited students in Beverly Burton and Beth Bodiford’s classes on September 29. He discussed dog behavior, search and rescue, and the Hug a Tree program.
Dog behavior encompasses several things, including how to tell if dogs are happy, playful, mad or aggressive. Students also learned how to reward a dog for good behavior, how to approach a dog, the importance of asking permission to pet a dog, what to do if approached by a dog, how to care for a pet, and how forming a bond with a dog is beneficial.
“They need to know you love them and will be taken care of,” said Parker.
For the search and rescue portion, Parker discussed the certifications he and Ralph have and “how we train and imprint scent.” Students learned about the LAST acronym, which stands for Locate, Assess, Stabilize and Transport.
The Hug a Tree program is a lost prevention program for children that includes basic survival skills when on a hike. It emphasizes for children to stay put instead of wandering around the woods, making a poncho out of a kitchen trash bag, wearing bright clothing to make you visible, carrying a whistle, shouting if you hear someone, and not drinking water from streams or eating berries.