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Benefits of Dogs in Schools

There are many benefits to having a dog in school:

  • A greater enjoyment of being in the school environment, improved attendance and a greater willingness to learn and participate.
  • Improved behaviour, social interaction and sense of responsibility in the classroom.
  • More effective therapy sessions. For example, we see students reaching their physiotherapy goals in a shorter space of time. Pupils also achieve more complex goals when the school dog joins their sessions.
  • Increased knowledge of dogs and how to behave safely and appropriately around them.
  • Students have greater access to the community with a school dog. For example, the presence of the dog can give them the confidence to go out on short trips outside their school.
  • Pets can encourage a child’s learning needs, especially in reading, communication, observation and speaking. This is a useful tool when teaching all children but can be particularly helpful for those with special educational needs (SEN).
  • They can help children with behavioural needs as time with the pets can be used as a reward.
  • For many children, it will be their only contact with a pet as they don’t have them at home.
  • Learning, including reading and literacy and some curriculum involvement and benefits.
  • Self-esteem and interest for all students, especially for some of our most vulnerable groups.
  • Anger management, bereavement and reducing stress.
  • Developing responsibility.
  • Love and support for groups of students.
  • Knowledge and understanding of animals.