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Pet Ownership

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Topic: Pet Ownership

Learning Outcomes

Children will investigate responsible pet ownship



Write “Needs” and “Wants” on the board and discuss the difference with the class. Emphasise how a need is something we must have to survive. Tell the children that today you will discuss the needs of pets you may have at home.


Place the pictures of five animals on the board: Dog, Cat, Rabbit, Hamster and a Bird. Begin by discussing that all animals have basic needs just like they do. Elicit answers from the class such as food, water and a place to sleep. Record the different food types and shelters under each animal’s picture.

Divide the class into five groups and assign each group one of the animals already discussed. Give each group a sheet to record the individual needs that the animals might have e.g. dogs need to be walked for exercise, hamsters can have a wheel, cats need to maintain their claws.

After 4 minutes, give some time for responses in front of the class. After the sharing time, discuss with the class how animals also have emotional needs like we do. This means that animals need company and love shown to them as well.

Allow the class time to discuss in pairs how to meet the emotional needs of a pet e.g. talk to them, pet them in gentle way, washing them. Allow time for the pairs to share their ideas

Get the class to return to their original groups and design a poster together to inform others about how to care for their selected pet in the right way.


Watch Benefits of Pet Ownership video


Other Resources for teaching this topic

Good Dog in a Box YouTube Channel:

Benefits of Pet Ownership:

Each table will be given a different picture of animal on the list of usual pet animals.

Each table will design a poster on topic of pet ownership.

By using the Good dog in a Box channel, daily individual lessons on different aspects of pet ownership can be discussed e.g. vet visits, grooming, feeding. The week can then be concluded with the poster idea.

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Responsible pet ownership

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Responsible pet ownership

LT focus: To develop and create an awareness of core values such as co-operation, freedom, happiness, honesty, love, peace, respect, responsibility, kindness, caring, safety and security in a peaceful and tranquil environment


I will introduce the lesson by showing the class a few pictures of my dog Kerry. I will tell them about her and then ask them if anyone in the class has a pet? We will discuss our pets and what we like about them


I will then ask the class how do you look after your pet?

  • We will discuss the various ways you look after your pet such as feeding them, walking them, giving them attention and playing with them.
  • I will show them images of pets being looked after and we will see if we got them all.
  • I will then ask the children if a good pet owner would scare their pet/ not walk them/ not play with them/not wash them etc..
  • We will discuss things we should not do to our pets (being unkind, not walking them, not feeding them etc). I will emphasise that we must look after our pets and be kind and gentle.


I will ask the class to tell me how to look after a pet.

  • I will emphasise that our pets are our friends and that we should always look after them properly because that is what a good pet owner/friend does. 
  • The children will then draw a picture of their pet being looked after ( them walking their dog, playing with their cat, feeding their fish, cleaning their rabbit’s cage etc.)

Other teacher resources for teaching this topic:

Extension activities:

-Books “The Pigeon wants a pup” by Mo Willems, “Zoe and Beans. Where is Binky Boo?” by Chloe Inkpen, “My Friend Fred” by Hiawyn Oram. -Website: pdf care guides for dogs,cats and small animals available on BC SPCA website under kids tab.