DHK Puppies in Training 2016


Lottie - Labrador
DHK Puppy in Training - East Sussex

Lottie was born in March 2016 and came to live with us here at Skippers when she was 8 weeks old. She has settled into life at our small, rural prep school like a dream and we just cannot imagine life without her! Lottie is a gentle, friendly and very calm chocolate labrador puppy who takes everything in her stride and who loves being around people. She has brilliant focus for such a young puppy and she loves training; we can't believe how much she has learnt already but we are all raring to go with the next stage.

When we started looking into the possibility of having a School Dog, we were were hugely impressed with the high standards and professionalism of Dogs Helping Kids and are so thrilled to be taking our first steps with such an amazing charity. We hope that Lottie will be able to play a full and active role in the school, particularly helping with our readers and providing support and encouragement for all our children.

Type of School Dog
Lottie is training to become an Educational Assistance Dog.

Owner of School Dog
Sarah Hammond

DHK Entry Test
Lottie passed the DHK entry test in January 2017

DHK Welfare and Environment Assessment
Skippers Hill Manor Prep School passed their DHK Welfare and Environment Assessment in May 2017.

School Dog Training Programme Assessments (6 in total)
Lottie has passed all Four DHK Training Assessments and Assessment 5, The Classroom Assessment.

Where the DHK School Dog is based
Lottie is training at Skippers Hill Manor Preparatory School.

 


Maeve - Labrador x Border Collie
DHK Puppy in Training - Exeter

Maeve is a Collie X Labrador, born on Dartmoor in September 2015.

I work as the Rural Skills Project Manager at a Special School in Devon, where we provide outdoor learning opportunities for young people (3-19yrs) with severe or profound learning difficulties. Many also have complex physical, sensory or behavioural additional needs. We focus on really hands on activities such as woodwork, pottery, outdoor cooking - over the fire or in the cob oven, bush-craft skills, horticulture and animal therapy.

Prior to Maeve's arrival we had mice, guinea pigs, rabbits, chickens, ferrets, goats and sheep living on site so, from outset, Maeve has been surrounded by creatures and people to get to know and make friends with.

Despite her age and breed, she is remarkably calm (most of the time!) and seems to take it all in her stride. She has been attending at the school on a daily basis but in terms of curriculum and working, she is in the background as we lay the foundations for what I hope will be a long and fruitful career.

After a recommendation from a member of staff at another special school in Devon, things have fallen into place brilliantly with getting on board with DHK and we have completed the puppy training day the advanced training day, passed the entry test, and now undertaking the School Dog Training Programme.

Type of School Dog
Maeve is training to become an Educational Assistance Dog.

Owner of School Dog
Tom Bates

School Dog Training Programme Assessments (6 in total)
Maeve has passed all Four DHK Training Assessments.

Where the DHK School Dog is based
Maeve is in training at Ellen Tinkham Special School in Exeter

 


Quattro - Chocolate Labrador
DHK Puppy in Training - Swindon

Quattro (born on the 27th May 2016, which just so happens to be my birthday too!) is a clever, handsome and very much adored puppy, who came to live with myself and my husband at 8 weeks old this year. He joined our little family at the start of the school holidays and spent his summer at puppy school and doing lots of fun training every day at home with the hope of joining DHK.

Quattro is training to become an Educational Assistance Dog at Goddard Park Primary School in Swindon. He spends his days relaxing on his settle mat and has quickly got used to the busy school environment; he even attends staff training and meetings because he's now a part of the Goddard Park team!

The needs of the children at Goddard Park are diverse. We hope that Quattro can eventually help us to support the children as he progresses in his training; from helping with motivating children to attend school and encouraging them to read, to being a calming influence in the classroom and a good friend to talk to.

After lots of research for someone who could help train Quattro for the job, I found DHK and we are very excited and keen to do well with them! I love the positive training methods DHK use and that I can guarantee, due to the rigorous assessments, that Quattro will be trained to a high standard before working with the children. Tracey is awesome and so knowledgeable - without a doubt DHK feels like the perfect choice for such a clever pup, who just loves to be around people.

I can't wait to see how Quattro progresses as I know he can give so much to the children at Goddard Park!

Type of School Dog
Quattro is training to become an Educational Assistance Dog.

Owner of School Dog
Leanne Smy

DHK Entry Test
Quattro passed the DHK Entry Test in March 2017.

DHK Welfare and Environment Assessment
Goddard Park Primary School passed the DHK Welfare and Environment Assessement in April 2017.

School Dog Training Programme Assessments (6 in total)
Quattro has passed all Four DHK Training Assessments.

Where the DHK School Dog is based
Quattro is in training at Goddard Park Primary School in Swindon.

 


Tilly - Mini Labradoodle
DHK Puppy in Training - Liverpool

This is Matilda Hope, otherwise known as Tilly. She works with me, Kath Davies, as part of the Inclusion Team at Windsor Community Primary School in Toxteth, Liverpool.

Windsor Primary is a diverse and vibrant school which offers a nurturing haven for pupils in inner city Liverpool. The school has enjoyed a long and fruitful relationship with animals. 'Windsor' the ginger cat was in residence for many years, followed by 'Ron' the guinea pig, several fish and a few ducklings. However, it was through the positive impact of Equine Therapy sessions and a wonderful encounter the Nurture Group children had with sheepdog 'Bill' that the idea of having our own 'school dog' began.

We were clear from the outset that we wanted a well trained dog that would work with the children in different ways to improve their learning, self confidence and emotional well being. Finding out about Dogs Helping Kids and the work the School Dogs are trained and supported to do, fitted with this idea perfectly and confirmed our decision to have Tilly in school.

I am very lucky that I was given the opportunity to look after and work with Tilly. She joined my family in August 2016 at nine weeks old and she fitted in straight away. She loves going for long walks, playing with her many tennis balls (the squeakier the better) and hanging out with my other dog Jasper. She is the best 'work mate' I could ask for, as she is calm, friendly and always in a good mood. She is also very clever and makes me look good wherever we go.

The children and staff at school all adore her and we are very proud that she is part of the DHK Team.

Type of School Dog
Tilly is training to become an Educational Assistance Dog.

Owner of School Dog
Kathryn Davies

DHK Entry Test
Tilly passed the DHK Entry Test in July 2017

DHK Welfare and Environment Assessment
Windsor Community Primary School passed the Welfare and Environment Assessment in July 2017

School Dog Training Programme Assessments (6 in total)
Tilly has passed DHK Assessments 1 and 2.

Where the DHK School Dog is based
Tilly is in training at Windsor Community Primary School in Toxteth, Liverpool.

 


Bailey - Labradoodle
DHK Puppy in Training - Herefordshire

Business sponsor: Watson Fuels - view website

Bailey was born in May 2016 and came to live with us at 8 weeks old. We spent the summer getting to know each other and doing lots of puppy training so that we were ready to begin working with DHK.
Bailey is training to be an Educational Assisstance Dog at Ledbury Primary School. Although he is still in the early stages of his training, he has already had a huge impact on staff and pupils alike and is very much part of our school family.
With support and guidance from DHK, and a lot of hard work, we hope that Bailey will be able to fulfil his potential and make a real difference to our pupils; increasing their self-confidence and self-esteem, motivating them to achieve their best and showing them how to respect and care for all animals.
It is a real privilege to be working with Bailey and DHK and I am looking forward to the next stage of our training.

Type of School Dog
Bailey is training to become an Educational Assistance Dog.

Owner of School Dog
Jo Goodman

DHK Entry Test
Bailey passed the DHK Entry Test in September 2017.

DHK Welfare and Environment Assessment
Ledbury Primary School passed the Welfare and Environment Assessment in November 2017

School Dog Training Programme Assessments (6 in total)
Bailey has passed DHK Assessments One and Two

Where the DHK School Dog is based
Bailey is training at Ledbury Primary School, Herefordshire.

 


Eric - Cocker Spaniel
DHK Puppy in Training - Staffordshire

Sherbrook Primary School is in Cannock, Staffordshire. Our school is a primary school for pupils with a diverse range of learning difficulties. We decided to join the DHK's programme for many reasons; we have had visits from therapy dogs and found that our pupils responded very positively to these, so we could really see the benefit of having our own dog. All our pupils have learning difficulties and a large proportion of our pupils have a diagnosis or working diagnosis of ASD. When the dogs visited the school, we were amazed and touched by the reaction the dogs received from our pupils. We felt that a dog would help our pupils communicate more effectively, help to raise confidence and self esteem, be a calming influence and also be a reward for pupils endeavours. He will help the pupils understand the responsibility for caring for a pet and encourage pupils to work together to care for it.

Having attended the initial workshop at DHK with Tracey, we were sure that this was the right charity for us as a school to become part of. We liked the positive and rigorous training methods that would ensure Eric was right for the school and that the school was right for him.

Eric has now attended a day's training with Tracey and I can't tell you how impressed I was with Tracey and Eric; he and I learnt so much and we are continuing to train hard.

Eric lives with me, my husband, Steve, and Edgar the cat. He comes to school with me each day and has been doing so since May; he is a very friendly dog who likes to meet new people. He currently spends most of his time in my office although he is a popular visitor to the staffroom. The children absolutely adore him and although we are keeping his profile low whilst he becomes accustomed to the school environment, the children love to come and see him with their good work and receive the special 'Eric' Stickers. They have also been drawing lots of pictures of him for 'Eric's Gallery'

Type of School Dog
Eric is training to become an Educational Assistance Dog.

Owner of School Dog
Louise Blackburn

DHK Entry Test
Eric passed the DHK Entry Test in April 2018.

DHK Welfare and Environment Assessment
Sherbrook Primary School passed the Welfare and Environment Assessment in April 2018

Where the DHK School Dog is based
Eric is in training at Sherbrook Primary School, Cannock, Staffs

 

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