Dogs teach children responsibility. Having to remember to feed, provide water and show support for a dog can give children a sense of importance and satisfaction that they can’t get from school or other chores. The relationship that develops can be life- changing for a child and a great support system as they themselves continue to grow and develop.
Dogs teach children patience. Dogs do not always do as they are told first time!
Dogs teach children compassion. Just like humans, dogs feel emotion and pain. They are prone to injuries and the infirmities of age during their relatively short lives.
Dogs teach children about socialisation. Like most of us, dogs are social animals who enjoy and need attention and affection. By learning how to interact with a dog, children can learn how to better socialise with other children. If they can learn the social cues of a dog, then interacting with humans who can talk will be a walk in the park (pun intended).
Dogs are fun. Last, but certainly not least, dogs are a lot of fun. They greet you with a wagging tail every day and can cheer you up even on your worst day.
The Queensbridge School Dog ‘Tilly’ has lived with Ms Bailey and her family since she was 8 weeks old. She is very much a family dog but with the right temperament to work with a wide range of children and adults within the school environment. Tilly is a very caring and well behaved puppy. She has been in Queensbridge since July 2018 as a little puppy. She is currently attending puppy classes and is being trained as a PAT dog to support children with EHCP as well as mental wellbeing.