A FREE canine body language workshop takes place next week for Clacks dog owners.

For anyone who has ever wondered what their dog is thinking, the free workshop takes place at Menstrie's Dumyat Centre on Thursday, November 18.

The workshop is part of First Time for Everything, a programme designed by Royal Voluntary Service and supported by players of People's Postcode Lottery.

Hosted by local canine behaviour expert Rhona McColl, the workshop will explore how to read a dog's body language, with some core principles like how to read subtle signs, the link between emotion and body language, how dogs communicate with each other, and how to pre-empt a dog's behaviour.

Laura Chow, head of charities at People's Postcode Lottery, said: "First Time for Everything activities are a safe, gentle and enjoyable way to boost physical and mental health and wellbeing, particularly for those that are older or less mobile.

"Thanks to the players of People's Postcode Lottery, local people can look forward to some great sessions."

According to new research by Royal Voluntary Service and supported by players of People's Postcode Lottery, 53 per cent of people aged 55 and over responding in Scotland are keen to get out and about now that Covid-19 restrictions have eased, with 13 per cent keen to try something new.

Booking for the free First Time for Everything canine body language workshop is essential as places are limited.

It will take place next Thursday from 7.30pm until 9pm and light refreshments will be provided.

To register for a place, contact Joanne Saunders, Royal Voluntary Service activity co-ordinator, at joanne.saunders@royalvoluntaryservice.org.uk or by calling 07824 547865.

Visit volunteering.royalvoluntaryservice.org.uk/volunteering to find out more about local volunteering opportunities with Royal Voluntary Service.

Visit postcodelottery.co.uk/good-causes to learn more about the People's Postcode Lottery's good causes.