Lottie the Labrador

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Lottie the Labrador

Meet Lottie, our Educational Assistance Dog

Lottie is a chocolate Labrador who lives at Skippers with Mr and Mrs Hammond, Lucy and Josh.
She is fully trained, certified and insured through the charity 'Dogs Helping Kids' and is one of only a handful of dogs to be trained to such a high level in this field. 

This bespoke training programme for Educational Assistance Dogs in schools lasted for 3 years and was comprised of 8 increasingly difficult assessments to make sure that Lottie is safe and happy working closely with children. We will continue to train and work very closely with DHK throughout Lottie's time at school and she will be assessed annually by the charity.

Lottie is based in Mr Hammond's Study and our garden-themed Wellbeing Room but is often to be seen around the school with Mrs Hammond, visiting classes or working with individuals.
As well as being everyone's favourite furry friend and a brilliant school mascot, Lottie has five main roles in our school:

1. Classroom Canine. The children love visits from Lottie while they are having their lessons and showing her all the exciting things they are learning about. She has a magical effect on noise levels and promotes calm as the children are so keen to have her spend time in their classrooms. There is increasing research into the many positive benefits that having a dog in school can bring; improving academic achievement and motivation, as well as teaching responsibility and encouraging respect. 

2. Listening Canine. One to one reading sessions with Lottie reignite enthusiasm and resilience in reading and are very popular! Sessions are non-threatening, structured and fun, with Lottie snuggling with the children while they read, pressing a buzzer to signal the end of the session and with the children helping Lottie to practise her own reading of flashcards! Research has shown that 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. Lottie loves to look at excellent work and have special time with children who have done something amazing, whatever that might be, each week. The children love to teach her fun tricks or to take her for a walk and, of course, everyone wants a Lottie sticker!  Working and playing with a dog improves children’s social skills and self esteem

4. Therapy Canine. As well as generally making pupils and staff smile, Lottie works 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. Lottie is available for drop in sessions during playtimes and lunchtimes in our garden themed wellbeing room. 

5. Educating the next generation of dog owners. We are very proud that every child in our school understands dog body language, knows how to greet dogs and how to interact in a safe and caring way. Many children have joined Lottie's Dog Training Clubs and are learning how to train their own dogs with positive, forward thinking methods. 

We are very proud to have Lottie in our school. If you have any questions, please do contact the school for further information; we would be delighted to tell you more about her work at Skippers.

View more photos of Lottie.

Read an article in Attain magazine about the benefits of having a school dog written by Mark Hammond.



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