There is something special about dogs. Many children love attaching a piece of string to a stick and then dragging it along the ground as a pet dog.
Older children often take the role play in to dog shows and training events.
Some children like to be dogs and are quite happy to go and fetch a thrown stick!
This photo doesn’t tell the whole story. This two-year old spotted the plastic planks near a pram. She went over and spent a long time untangling the leads before playing with them. No adult came to her rescue. She learned to do the job through perserverance. Sometimes it’s all too easy for practitioners to be overhelpful yet the real learn and independence comes through waiting, observing and seeing if one is called upon to assist.