Dogs for Health
We were delighted to receive some four-legged and furry visitors in school. Molly, Elsie, Dougie and Hope are all trained (or in-training) therapy dogs with Dogs for Health. They visited school with their owners by way of starting a link between the school and the charity. It is well-researched that dogs can help children’s mental health and wellbeing in many ways from listening to children read, being a companion for a walk or playing a game of ball. Dogs for Health have agreed to visit us every Wednesday with two puppies Hope (a spaniel) and Evie (a miniature dachshund). They will work with small groups of children each week to help build confidence and self-esteem. Molly (also a spaniel) will visit on an ad-hoc basis for games of running and football. She cannot commit to weekly visits as she also supports the ambulance service as a search and rescue dog.