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Do you love animals and want to learn how best to care for them?  This is your chance!

The possibilities are endless and you should find a person, people or group local to you that could help.  You should develop a programme which is interesting, relevant to you and will teach you new skills.  Along the way you'll have fun, make friends, learn new skills - or even share your own skills with others!

Here are just a few ideas of the sort of things you could do to get you started:

Dog Training

  • Research how guide dogs for the blind and hearing dogs for the deaf are trained
  • Learn about police dog training and how dogs are used to solve crimes
  • Care for your dog, learning about grooming, nutrition and overall health
  • Help your dog become more obedient by joining a weekly dog training class

Bee Keeping

  • Gain your British Bee Keeping Association Junior Certificate in Bee Keeping
  • Research the decline of the honey bee population and what can be done to help
  • Learn about traditional bee keeping in rural areas around the world
  • Attend a weekly bee keeping course and gain practical experience

Horse handling & care

  • Learn about the principles of watering and feeding
  • Complete your British Horse Society Horse Knowledge, Care and Riding exam, stage 1 or 2
  • Research the best ways to handle different types of horses or ponies
  • Learn about the structure of a horses foot and shoeing

  

Remember, these are just a few ideas.  Chat to your Leader, family, friends and people who've already achieved an Award to see what they've done and what opportunities are available in your local area. 

Don't forget to check with your Leader that what you choose to do meets the DofE's requirements for this section and your level.