This is Sunday, she is an 8 year old whippet. By introducing her to our school we aim to have a pet that the children can interact with, benefiting their social and emotional development.
Research indicates that interaction with a fury friend can benefit children both educationally and emotionally, increasing their understanding of responsibility and develop empathy and nurturing skills. By having a dog in school we want to encourage children who are less confident with learning to have a friendly audience and to look forward to a challenge. Having a dog in school can encourage reluctant children to come to school, reduce blood pressure, promote greater self-esteem and well-being, stimulate memory, improve acceptance from others and lift moods. For some children, a dog will be a special friend, helping them to relax and have fun, for others, time spent with a dog will be a reward for excellent effort with a difficult challenge. If you see her around, please come over and say hello.
Further reading about the impact of dogs in schools can be found by clicking on the links below: www.time.com/4728315/science-says-pet-good-for-mental-health/