Through our experience supporting children with assistance dogs, we are now exploring how trained dogs working alongside a professional handler can bring benefits to children in schools.
Launched in 2014, our Community Dogs for Schools programme is already working in two Special Educational Needs Schools: Round Oak School in Warwickshire and Stocklake Park School in the Vale of Aylesbury.
Our Community Dog programme is based on Animal Assisted Intervention (AAI) techniques. Watch these in action at Round Oak School.
How it works
The trained school dog and specialist handler become part of the fabric of daily school life, working in partnership with the educational staff and trained therapists in the school. 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, work with individual students and groups in structured and goal oriented sessions and support the therapists in school in a range of therapeutic settings e.g. physiotherapy.
Our schools programme is delivering significant benefits to students and the working environment of the schools. Find out more.
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.