Trap Falls Kennel Club of Shelton recently hosted a “Doggie Safety” program at Multicultural Magnet School in Bridgeport.

About 75 children and parents attended the program, which focused on teaching the students about dog behavior, how to act around dogs, approaching a strange dog, and general training and benefits of dog ownership.

Club President Laura Wells explained the importance of dog obedience training and safety, while answering questions from the children.

Club member Dona Campbell put her Brittanys — who are registered therapy dogs — through the paces, and demonstrated obedience and how youngsters should approach a strange dog.

Public education efforts

Trap Falls Kennel Club gives free programs at schools, libraries and other civic, public and nonprofit organizations as part of its public education efforts.

The session at Multicultural Magnet School was coordinated through the Bridgeport YMCA and the Y’s afterschool program and site coordinator, Maria Conroy.

Wells said the kennel club is pleased “to do this kind of outreach and education for kids and parents who might not otherwise know how important dog safety and training are.”

The nonprofit Trap Falls Kennel Club is an all-breed member club of the American Kennel Club (AKC) that serves Shelton and surrounding communities. Besides offering public education programs, the club has dog- training classes in Shelton. Learn more at www.trapfalls.org.