Woody and Ted are both golden retrievers who live with the Head teacher, Mrs Mather. They enjoy coming into school (on different days) job sharing the role of school dog. Golden retrievers are known to be child-friendly, lively, gentle mannered and affectionate, yet sensitive. Both dogs love school and when not out and about around the school with Mrs Mather they can be found relaxing on their comfy beds in her office.
Woody and Ted have completed behaviour training courses, as well as each completing an assessment in school by a fully qualified dog behaviourist to ensure they are suitable to be in school. We have undertaken full risk assessments, have a school dog policy and suitable insurance.
Research studies in both Britain and America have shown that having a dog in a school can have many positive benefits, as outlined below:
- A calming effect on pupils, particularly those with additional needs.
- Encouraging expression and participation in more withdrawn children
- Fostering a sense of responsibility.
- Improved behaviour, attendance and concentration, reduced stress and improved self-esteem.
- Motivating pupils to think and to learn, as most children have a high level of natural interest in, enthusiasm for, and enjoyment of animals.
- Encouraging respect and thereby improving pupils’ relationships with each other.
- Teaching children to nurture and respect life.
- Helping children to make progress by developing their confidence and outlook on school life.
- Helping children build confidence in reading.