DHK Puppies in Training 2017

Tango - Fox Red Labrador
DHK Puppy in Training - North Somerset

Business sponsor: Bristol Airport - view website

Tango was born at the end of March 2017. He is a gorgeous Fox-red Labrador and he came from a litter of puppies bred by us, so we have had him from day 1! He shares the house with three other dogs, Maisie an elderly Border Terrier, Willow a black Labrador (his Mum), and Fernie who is already a DHK certified dog. Along with this, three children aged between 7 and 14.
Tango attends Winford C of E Primary School once per week and has got very used to the standards expected of him! Already having Fernie, we can see the amazing benefits of both working in partnership with Dogs Helping Kids and having a dog in school. This is why we want to train another dog as the added value of a dog in school is fantastic.
Tango is a very loving dog, and is as happy out on a woodland walk as he is curled up by the fire at home! He enjoys being in school and equally school love it when he visits.

Type of School Dog
Tango is training to become a Support School Dog.

Owner of School Dog
Nik & Lisa Gardner

DHK Entry Test
Tango passed the DHK Entry Test in May 2018

DHK Welfare and Environment Assessment
Winford C of E Primary School passed the Welfare and Environment Assessment in July 2018

Where the DHK School Dog is based
Tango is in training at Winford C of E Primary School, North Somerset.


Percy - Working Cocker Spaniel
DHK Puppy in Training - Exeter

Business sponsor: Jonathan Wood Veterinary Surgeons, Crediton - view website

Percy is a Working Cocker Spaniel puppy, who was born on 31st May 2017. He came from a litter of seven puppies, of which there were two boys. His registered name is 'Your a Star' which he is living up to so far! He lives at home with Alice, Tom and his best friend Winston (a three year old working cocker spaniel). Percy goes to school with Alice every day and has done since he was 12 weeks old. “I have had Percy since he was eight weeks old and he is an absolute joy to have around. He loves swimming, running around the woods and climbing on to things when we are out and about. He is still behind the scenes at school at the moment, living with me in the office, but has completed his Puppy Training Day and Advanced Puppy Training Day at the DHK HQ, which we both very much enjoyed. We visit Canine Essentials in Bampton every week for training, and he will slowly start to work with individual children at school, for short periods over the next few months.

It was very important to me that bringing a puppy in to school was done with the best interest and welfare of the dog as top priority. 'Dogs Helping Kids' is I believe, the only charity to offer such a high level of training and support in doing this correctly. I have followed the charity since I started working in a school and I feel incredibly lucky to have been given the opportunity to complete this journey alongside Percy with the help and support of the wonderful DHK team.

Three words to describe Percy: Confident, Handsome, Clever.

Percy's favourite things to do: Sniff, and learn new things.

Best feature: Silky, soft, long ears.

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

Owner of School Dog
Alice Pike

DHK Entry Test
Percy passed the DHK Entry Test in May 2018

DHK Welfare and Environment Assessment
Countess Wear Community School passed the Welfare and Environment Assessment in July 2018

Where the DHK School Dog is based
Percy is in training at Countess Wear Community School, Exeter.


Jeske - Stabyhoun
DHK Puppy in Training - Nottinghamshire

Business sponsor: Pinfold House Veterinary Clinic Ltd - view website

Jeske is a Stabyhoun. This is a breed of dog that originates in Friesland, Holland, dating back to the early 1800's. There they have been used as general farm and hunting dogs. They are renowned for their patience, for being good with children and other animals, and being gentle and calm.

Jeske was born on 6th July 2017 and has three sisters and five brothers. She lives with Becky, her partner, and their combined family of three teenage children.

Each day that Becky is at school, Jeske goes in with her. Spending the day mainly in the office at the moment, getting used to all of the sights, sounds and smells of the school. Having completed both puppy courses Jes will now be able to move on to the next level of training and she will slowly start to work with a very small number of selected children at school, for short periods over the next few months.

Jeske and Becky also attend Hotdogs training in Soham, where they are guided by Wendy Lunn, APDT.

"I knew from the start that if I were going to pursue my ambition to have a dog, who provided support to children in school, that it would be ideal to do so with DHK. After attending the initial workshop, I was very impressed with the measured approach that the charity adopt, when introducing dogs to schools and the emphasis that is placed on the welfare of the dog.

I also think that the educational side of the work that DHK do, is completely brilliant. So many of us don't know how to interpret what our dog is trying to tell us and can unwittingly not recognise their signs of stress. I have learnt so much already and am looking forward to the next stage of training."

Four words to describe Jeske: Loving, sensitive, clever & ever so slightly mischievous.

Jeske's favourite things to do: Sniff, play with Rufus (her Red Lab playmate from next door, who is the same age) and enjoy Sunday lie-ins.

Best feature: Her spotty legs and loving personality, (sorry not possible to restrict it to one!)

Type of School Dog
Jeske is training to become an Educational Assistance Dog

Owner of School Dog
Becky Spencer

DHK Entry Test
Jekse passed the DHK Entry Test in October 2018

Where the DHK School Dog is based
Jeske is in training at Clarborough Primary School, Nottingham.


Issey - Cockerpoo
DHK Puppy in Training - Cornwall

Issey is a Cockapoo born on 11th May 2017 into a litter of 9. Issey came to our family in July 2017 as a small, enthusiastic ball of black fluff! She quickly settled into life in the Wood household experiencing her first boating expedition soon after arriving. She is a very gentle and loving dog with lots of character. She is as happy running on the beach as she is exploring the woods topped off either with a snooze in front of a log fire, or a snuggle on the sofa - or better still, a comforting lap. Her favourite things are being with humans, scent work and bag diving to find pens and pencils to chew!
She comes to Truro High School three days a week where she has spent most days in a teaching room getting used to the sights, sounds and smells of the school environment. Now that Issey has recently completed her puppy training, she will start to work 1:1 with a very small number of children for short periods of time.
DHK's ethos of respect, kindness, empathy and trust permeates every area of their approach when introducing and training dogs to work in schools, and it is a great honour for Issey to be working towards being part of the school dog training programme.

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

Owner of School Dog
Katie Wood

DHK Entry Test
Issey passed the DHK Entry Test in August 2018

Where the DHK School Dog is based
Issey is in training at Truro High School, Cornwall.


Jessie - Lurcher Cross
DHK Puppy in Training - Gloucester

Jess was born 14th March 2017. Her mum is a Vizla x Lurcher, and her Dad a German Wire Haired Pointer. A right old mix! We had her from 8 weeks, and she has settled into our home and rural village well. She is hilarious to have around, making us laugh at her antics, and people think she is a long legged version of Hairy McClary- or at least from Donaldson's Dairy…
Jess has already climbed her first mountains aged 16 weeks- in my husband's rucksack looking unbearably cute! She is quick to learn if food or a squeaky toy is on hand for reward. Jess is very friendly and loves meeting people; everyone is her new best friend. She thoroughly enjoys her walks out, running and exploring. Then basket time where she can alternate between snoozing, and watching the world go by outside. The village school have welcomed her in for visits to familiarize her with a school environment, and she is quickly becoming known and waved at, as she trots around the corridors.
Jess will work toward becoming a 1:1 support dog for children/teenagers who are experiencing difficulties in mainstream education. With her thirst to learn she will work well on a one to one basis, building a bond.
Jess is my second DHK dog, and while a total advocate of the aims and training methods the charity uses, I realise that Jess has big paws to fill! I have been privileged to have had many years of incredible connections my first dog made, and I am hoping Jess and I can achieve the same high standards to continue making a difference to children's lives as a Support Dog. Jess has completed both her puppy and advanced puppy training days at the DHK HQ.

Type of School Dog
Jess is training to become a DHK Support School Dog

Owner of School Dog
Deborah Neame

DHK Entry Test
Jessie passed the DHK Entry Test in May 2018


Sherlock - Cockerpoo
DHK Puppy in Training - Portsmouth

Business sponsor: Parkers Pets - view website

Sherlock is our DHK Puppy in Training at The Portsmouth Grammar Junior School. We decided to have a school dog quite simply to make people happy; our main school aim is that our children should be happy and successful, in that order. Our comprehensive Pastoral Curriculum ensures that all children at the school are made to feel valued, safe and cared for, and Sherlock will make a significant contribution to that. We also wanted to ensure that if we had a school dog that he should be trained to the highest standard and were so impressed with DHK and its commitment to supporting the school with this. We also wanted there to be strong educational element to having Sherlock in school and once again DHK have been able to provide this.
Our Pastoral Curriculum is articulated via our Learning Tree, whose branches roots and trunk represent different values and thinking skills. Each of these in turn is represented by an animal and we have engaged with a local author to write stories for each. The stories tell the adventures of Sherlock, who represents empathy, and his toys, who come to life. This has helped enormously to deliver our values and thinking skills to our younger pupils. We are even thinking of having the stories illustrated and published, so watch this space…

Type of School Dog
Sherlock is training to become an Educational Assistance Dog

Owner of School Dog
Peter Hopkinson

Where the DHK School Dog is based
Sherlock is in training at The Portsmouth Grammar Junior School.


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