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Lando (School Dog)
You may be aware that there is a growing movement in many schools to reintroduce the concept of school pets as a way of teaching all children responsibility and providing a source of pleasure and learning.
Following on from the success of having school guinea pigs, we are now moving towards having a school 'Therapy Dog'.
Therapy dogs are being used as a source of comfort and relaxation for children and adults who may need 'someone to talk to' or just someone who will accept them and offer comfort or a calming influence in their lives. There is much evidence that children who struggle with relationships or with managing their own emotions gain a great deal from spending time with a pet.
With these ideas in mind, the staff and governors have agreed to the concept of having a dog in school. From the 24th February 2020, Lando Mac Noodle will be in school getting to know the environment and then we will start introducing him to some of the children.
Over the next few months Lando will be attending puppy classes to ensure he is fully socialised and well-trained before we put him forward to become a Pets As Therapy Dog.
Children will be attending assemblies and receiving training about how to care and behave safely around dogs.
Obviously, bringing any animal into school is not something to be approached lightly, both for the animal's sake and for the sake of the children and adults in school. We have discussed the practicalities, including everything from risk assessments and insurance to dealing with training, doggy toileting and children's allergies.
It is our aim that all children across the school will have opportunities to have contact and quality time with Lando. We are very mindful, that introducing a dog into the school setting should not be a distraction to the children's learning and for this to enhance our school ethos and the experiences we offer our children.
Please find below a copy of the schools Risk Assessment and School Dog Policy.
Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the school.