Heidi, our school dog
Heidi is our school dog and is currently in training with Dogs Helping Kids. In order to become a fully certified school dog Heidi has to pass 8 rigorous assessments. She is spendsing most of her time in the Leadership office at the moment, adapting to school life and all of the different sights and sounds. She has passed her Entry test and is waiting for assessment 2 where DHK come and assess her at school.
Heidi will be used as a dog to educate, provide therapy and listen to children read. It has been proven that working with a dog improves children’s social skills and self-esteem. Many studies have been undertaken that give credit to the benefits of dogs in the school. We also place great emphasis on using Heidi to educate children about how to approach, act around and train dogs. There is no better place to educate our children on how to treat animals than that of the school environment. Animals in schools can encourage children to respect all life, teach responsibility, motivate those children who are often not that attentive, help calm children down and improve academic achievement.
In addition to this, if children are wary of dogs, they can be supported in approaching, handling and gaining confidence in managing their fears, through the presence of a specially trained dog in school
Heidi has been fully risk assessed but if you have any questions , concerns or reservations then please do contact the school for further information.
Take a look at the Dogs Helping Kids website to learn more about school dogs at http://www.dogshelpingkids.co.uk