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 90 topics and 300 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 nine years old, 'How to Love Your Dog' is receiving 90,000 unique visitors and 294,000 pageviews per month. Thousands of children, mostly ages 7-14, 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. Be sure to check below for lesson plans using the pages on How to Love Your Dog. Don't miss our resource page for core literature, for books you may be using in your classroom. Teachers and home-schoolers may email me at for any questions or suggestions you may have.


Parents, want more help from the kids?
Our newest page is a list of chores that kids, ages four through fifteen, can do to help you out, practice responsibility, and just plain have fun.
Check out Dog Duties!


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 - Opinions

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.


Teacher Resources for Core Literature

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. We have the lesson plan links, study guides, literature circles, and books.


Lesson Plans!
(using How to Love Your Dog)

How Much is that Doggy in the Window?
Lake Norman Elementary School in North Carolina has created another set of lesson plans using How to Love Your Dog.

MacMillan McGraw-Hill Research and Inquiry Worksheet
This lesson on dogs is for 5th grade.

Teacher Vision has put together some lesson plans using How to Love Your Dog. Click here to access those:
esson Plans


Comments from a 4th Grade Teacher:
Thank you! I am tutoring a child who had given up on learning. Your site was a godsend. He devoured it all. This child, who had never turned in more than one or two sentences, wrote a three paragraph story!
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