The Humane Society of the United States has developed an exciting humane curriculum tailored to this age group. From Nose to Tail: Lessons to Inspire Care and Compassion for Dogs is available in two versions, grades K-2 and 3-5. Both explore various dog-related humane issues, with a special focus on puppy mills. 

From Nose to Tail features:

  • Alignment with National Education and Common Core Standards in science, math, language arts, health and social studies.
  • Five lessons plans, each requiring approximately 40 to 60 minutes of class time.
  • Character education concepts such as compassion, responsibility and empathy.
  • Service-learning projects aimed at helping puppy mill dogs and encouraging self-efficacy and good citizenship.
Teacher and student reading puppy mill educational materials
Michale Herrmann
Carlynton School District

From Nose to Tail is designed for independent use by formal and informal educators. The curriculum is age-appropriate, engaging and flexiblethe five lessons may be spaced over a period of days or weeks. Importantly, From Nose to Tail advances both humane and academic learning objectives, so it can be readily incorporated into general classroom instruction. Topics include: Dogs’ basic physical, social and emotional needs, our responsibility for providing humane care for dogs as dependent beings and dog safety/bite prevention.

From Nose to Tail is paired with the award-winning picture book A Home for Dakota, and either Buddy Unchained (K-2) or Maggie’s Second Chance (3-5).* One copy of each book is recommended to utilize the lessons.

From Nose to Tail is available as a free download:

For further information about the program, please contact us.

*The paired books are also sold through various online merchants.