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 Attending School 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.

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

 


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 attending school dog at Goddard Park Primary School in Swindon. Since September, he spends his days relaxing on his settle mat in my year 6 classroom where the year 6s help me to show him how to be calm in school and he 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! Quattro has attended two training days so far. 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 Attending School 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.

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

 


Teasel - Black Labrador
DHK Puppy in Training - Hertfordshire

Teasel who was born on February 29th 2016, lives at home with me, my husband Tony and our three children, James (17), Charles (13) and Rosie (5). Teasel loves spending time with all the family but particularly likes to spend time training and having fun with Rosie. His favourite pastime is chasing and playing with a ball and he really loves a good woodland especially if there are rabbits about! He was one of nine puppies and the smallest in the litter, hence the name Tiny Teasel.

As a headteacher and SENCO I had heard about the work of dogs in supporting children with autism and also helping reluctant readers and researched the ways this could be achieved. When I found DHK it just seemed right for everyone. The charity protects the welfare of the animal, the rights of the child and keeps everyone safe whilst getting great outcomes. When I went to look at Teasel I very much was looking for a dog with whom I could create a great bond and who may just be suitable for this wonderful program.

Teasel is currently in school with me and shares my office, but he has his own woodland to play in at school and the children have a dog blog where they can ask questions and find out more about him. He is currently working with five children with autism or ADHD to help them communicate and build self esteem. We hope he continues to have a massive impact on everyone he works with.

Type of School Dog
Teasel is training to become an Attending School Dog.

School Dog Training Programme Assessments (6 in total)
Teasel passed the DHK Entry Test in June 2017.

Where the DHK School Dog is based
Teasel is training at St Nicholas C of E Primary School and Nursery, Stevenage

 


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 Attending School 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

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 attending school dog at Ledbury Primary School. He spends his mornings in the classroom chilling out and is a really calming influence on the children. 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. He even has his own room!
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 Attending School Dog.

School Dog Training Programme Assessments (6 in total)
Bailey passed the DHK Entry Test in September 2017.

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 Attending School 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

 


Rolo - Chocolate Labrador
DHK Puppy in Training - York

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Rolo is a Chocolate Labrador who was born on 17th October 2016, the largest puppy of a litter of seven.
He lives at home in rural North Yorkshire with myself, my husband Chris and our daughters Emily and Katie. Rolo shares his home with our three cats too but they are definitely the boss. Rolo has been coming to School with me in York since he was 9 weeks old, starting off with just for a few hours each day and this gradually built up to all day every day during term time. School certainly feels very much like his second home now.
Rolo has changed our lives for the better beyond belief, he is very loving, fun and incredibly quick to learn. He has had such a positive impact on all those he has met at School and is very much a loved and respected part of our team.
When we started to research the possibility of having a School Dog, there was only one route that we were happy to take and that was with DHK and their very thorough training programme, Tracey's training is awesome.
So far Rolo has completed his Puppy Training and Advanced Puppy Training with DHK in Devon. He passed his Welfare Assessment in June 2017 and the Entry Assessment in December 2017. Rolo and I are really excited and privileged to be part of DHK and look forward to the next part of our journey together.

Three words to describe Rolo - clever, handsome and cheeky.

Rolo's favourite things to do - learning new things, eating and doggy agility.

Best feature - It's hard to find just one but it would have to be his beautiful eyes.

Type of School Dog
Rolo is training to become an Attending School Dog.

Owner of School Dog
Katrina Roberts

DHK Entry Test
Rolo passed the DHK Entry Test in December 2017.

DHK Welfare and Environment Assessment
Rolo passed the Welfare & Environment Assessment in June 2017.

Where the DHK School Dog is based
Rolo is in training at Huntington School, York.

 

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