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To Parents,Teachers, and Home-schoolers

'How to Love Your Dog' is a fun and interactive website for kids who love dogs. The site is based on thematic curricula designed and developed by Janet Wall, a teacher for 23 years, originally for use in the elementary grades. The content has been expanded to include secondary grade levels. This site features over 80 topics and 200 pages. The focus is on kindness, commitment, respect, and responsible dog care.

The benefit of children learning about dogs goes beyond the care and training of our canine friends. Lessons on respect, responsibility, love, and compassion toward animals transfer to all areas of a child's life. Kids who learn and practice being kind, gentle, and generous with dogs naturally extend those feelings to people as well.

Now seven years old, 'How to Love Your Dog' is receiving over 150,00 unique visitors and 400,000 pageviews per month. Thousands of children, mostly ages 6-13, have written in about their dogs on the many interactive and school related pages. Site statistics show frequent and repeat visits are increasing from a worldwide community of young dog owners and their families.

Parents and teachers are welcome to print any of the pages in 'How to Love Your Dog' for individual or classroom use. Teachers and home-schoolers may email me at for any questions or suggestions you may have. Be sure to visit our resource page for core literature, for books you may be using in your classroom.

List of Interactive and/or School-Related Pages

All About Our Dogs

Cody List of Great Dog Books
How to Write a Book Report

Kelly's Poetry Page
Pet Loss
Super Stories About Dogs
Tricks Dogs Do

(Reading and Writing)
Cody's Book Club
Cody's Book Reports by Kids
Read All About It -

Responsibility Contract

(Language Arts)
Dog Idioms
Dog Breed Spelling Game
Dog Breed Hangman
Games Dogs Play

(Reading Comprehension)
Scavenger Hunts (2) (Questions for learning assessment)
Test Your Dog Knowledge
(3) (Quizzes for learning assessment)

(Teacher Resources)
Resources for Core Literature

The pages listed above support and supplement
the dog care learning pages outlined on the main page of this site.

Don't miss our
Resources for Core Literature

including the books:
Shiloh, Stone Fox, Where the Red Fern Grows,
Sounder, Call of the Wild, Because of Winn-Dixie,
and lots more. has put together some lesson plans using How to Love Your Dog. Click here to access those: Lesson Plans

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Your New Dog
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