Lottie the Labrador
Lottie the Labrador joined Skippers Hill in May 2016. As well as being an exciting and popular addition to the family, studies have shown that school dogs can have a strongly beneficial effect, encouraging expression and participation among children and improving self-esteem, whilst also motivating pupils and fostering a sense of responsibility and respect from an early age.
We are delighted that Lottie has been accepted onto the very specialist School Dog Training Programme with the charity Dogs Helping Kids. She is being trained to the very highest standards to ensure that she is able to work safely with pupils and to contribute to school life as much as possible.
As her training continues, Lottie will work with the children as a reading motivator and listener, as well as providing pastoral support and carrying out therapeutic work for children who may benefit from this.
Lottie will work in 4 main roles in our school:
1. Classroom Canine: spending time in class
Research has shown that having a dog in class can help to calm children, improve academic achievement, motivate those children who are often not that attentive, teach responsibility and encourage children to respect all life.
2. Listening Canine: Reading with individual children
Children who read to trained reading dogs show an increase in reading levels, word recognition, a higher desire to read and write, and an increase in intra and interpersonal skills among the children they mix with.
3. Reward Canine: Rewarding Progress, effort and achievement
Those children who have performed incredibly well during the week, have made progress in a certain subject, who have achieved tasks set for them, will be rewarded with spending time during lunch or break to interact with Lottie. Walking, grooming, playing and training are some of the responsibilities the children will be allowed to undertake with her. Working and playing with a dog improves children’s social skills and self esteem.
4. Therapy Canine: Helping to support individual children
Lottie will work with children on a one-one basis who are going through upsetting/difficult times to provide support, love and focus. Children who struggle with social interaction can find a reassuring friend in a canine therapy dog.
View photos of Lottie.