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Tilly – Our School Dog

Purpose – why are we getting a school dog? 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…

Purpose – why are we getting a school dog?

  • 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.

 

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