Dogs for Good has a wealth of experience of supporting children with assistance dogs. Did you know that we also support school dogs?
We launched our Community Dogs for Schools programme in 2014. The main aim was to bring the benefits of Animal Assisted Intervention to students in Special Educational Needs Schools. Since then we have been exploring the benefits that children gain from having trained dogs with professional handlers in school.
How Community Dogs in Schools Work
The trained school dog and specialist handler become part of the fabric of daily school life. They work in partnership with the educational staff and trained therapists in the school to benefit the pupils. Together, they help progress the educational, social, emotional and physical development of individual students and groups.
The school dog and handler participate in classroom activities, and work with individual students and groups. Sometimes schools ask the pair to get involved with structured and goal oriented sessions. These sessions support the therapists in school in a range of therapeutic settings, such as physiotherapy.
You can follow the link to find out more about how Community Dogs for Schools works. In addition to the therapeutic work, schools can ask the dog and handler to provide emotional support and assist in developing new skills among students.
Our schools programme is making a huge difference to students. You can follow the link to discover some of the significant benefits school dogs bring to students. We all enjoy seeing them make a positive contribution to the working environment of the schools we work with.
You can watch community dogs in schools in action on Vimeo and read more about our partnership with Stocklake Park School in Aylesbury.
Interested in a School Dog?
If you are a school who is interested in our Community Dog for Schools programme, click here to download our information sheet.