Our School Dogs

Meet Connie, Coco & Pepsi

Numerous research studies have shown the benefits of dogs in schools. Therapy dogs have been working in schools across the UK for the past 5 years. However, they have been commonplace in schools in the USA and Australia for many years now. Evidence indicates that areas of potential benefits include:

  • Cognitive development – companionship with a dog stimulates memory, problem-solving, game-playing and can improve reading skills.
  • Emotional development – a school dog improves self-esteem, acceptance from others and lifts mood, often provoking laughter and fun. Dogs can also teach compassion and respect for other living things as well as relieving anxiety.
  • Physical development – interaction with a pet reduces blood pressure, provides tactile stimulation, assists with pain management, gives motivation to move, walk and stimulates the senses.
  • Environmental benefits – a dog in a school contributes towards the creation of home style environment, with all of the above benefits continuing long after the school day is over.
  • Social benefits – a dog provides a positive mutual topic for discussion, encourages responsibility, wellbeing, developing social skills and focused interaction with others.

During the school hours I will have a challenging and ever-changing job. I will be spending a lot of time helping with a variety of interventions including: listening ear (and as everybody knows, dogs can hear a lot better than humans); LEGO therapy and drawing therapy. I will be joining different classes when they take part in Forest School adventures. After some training, I will work as a reading dog where I will listen to children reading me stories and answering questions. Sometimes, I may join a class for a lesson or two if it will enrich the experience in some way.

Connie & Pepsi are both spaniels and Coco is a Shih Tzu.  This means that we do not shed fur, making it highly unlikely that anyone will be allergic to us.

We plan on keeping our section of the school website up-to-date with comments and photographs documenting my time in school.  If you have any further questions regarding my role within the school, do let us know.