What breed is Zoey?
- Temperament: Active, Intelligent, Loving, Outgoing
- Weight: 5.40 kg (11.90 pound) – 11 kg (24.25 pound) on average
The children are very excited about meeting our new school pet. Her name was chosen by Y5.
We have spent time exploring the possibility of a SCHOOL DOG. We recognised the enormous benefits that caring for animals bring to our children. Of course, we are aware of Health and Safety compliances, religious beliefs etc and advice was sought from the Leeds City Council Health & Safety Team, who were most encouraging about the venture. Parents and children were asked for any feedback or advice prior to buying the puppy.
Why choose a dog as a school pet? There is a considerable body of evidence that suggests that simply being with animals has a therapeutic effect and an increasing number of organisations, including schools, are using dogs to enhance wellbeing. Working with dogs provides pupils with many benefits including building confidence and self esteem. Dogs are used to provide consolation and comfort. Often “chilling out” in the company of a dog in a quiet place, has enormous benefits.
Pupils can not fail in anyway in their relationship with dogs: the dog doesn’t judge or condemn, and they offer unconditional affection. Pupils learn the principals of good pet ownership and are given a sense of responsibility through their contact with the dog, although staff will always be responsible for cleaning-up after the dog.
There are also many interesting reading programmes using dogs working with children, which have been shown to have positive gains in pupils’ reading performances.
Mrs Richardson will be the owner of the dog and she will be bringing her to school at 8am, ready for the day's 'work'. At 4pm Mrs Richardson's husband will collect the dog and take her home. The puppy will be at home on Fridays, with family.
Possible concerns you may have
As explained, all necessary risk assessments and procedures will be in place to ensure that the children remain safe. The dog will be a respected, valued member of the team, but for the majority of her time here, she will be kept away from the children in her School Home. Indeed you won’t tend to see her “wandering around school” as we will ensure that any access the children have to the dog is in controlled conditions. Please be assured that if a child is apprehensive they will never be forced to have contact with our pet.