DHK Puppies in Training 2018

Chilli - Mini Labradoodle
DHK Puppy in Training - Tiverton, Mid Devon

Chilli the miniature labradoodle was born on 26 October 2017. Gail waited over a year for her because she wanted a puppy from a specific breeder who would undertake the socialisation and habituation required for the very best start in life. Chilli joined a family of 4 other dogs including Teazel, our DHK Certified PR School Dog, and Pepsi, a DHK Certified Support Dog. As Director of Welfare and Primary Education for DHK, Gail was able to cherry pick the dogs, adults and children who got to interact with Chilli from the age of 9 weeks. This ensured there were no errors in her early socialisation.

Chilli is a very intelligent puppy and combined with an experienced trainer, is on track to become DHK's second PR dog when Teazel retires.

Chilli is a very confident playful puppy and always eager to learn. She's either asleep or busy! She loves food which makes reward based training easy and loves a variety of toys too.

Chilli has her own Facebook page which follows her training week by week.


Type of School Dog
Chilli is training to become a DHK PR Dog and a Support School Dog.

Owner of School Dog
Gail Laurence

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


Heidi - Sproodle
DHK Puppy in Training - Liverpool

Heidi is a Sproodle (a cross between Springer Spaniel and Poodle) who was born on the 25th April 2018. She came to live with us at 7 weeks old, she settled well with family life and now we could not imagine life without her. Heidi is super cute, friendly, and confident and always makes people smile with her long, wagging tail. She is training to be an Educational Assistance Dog at Bishop Martin CE Primary School in Woolton, Liverpool.
Before joining Dogs Helping Kids I did a lot of research into the benefits on having a school dog. We are always looking to engage children in reading and with a range of different needs at school, we felt a school dog could help develop self-esteem, build children's confidence and improve the emotional well-being of both pupils and staff. We were impressed with high expectations set by DHK and it is a privilege to be part of it.
Heidi attended school a little before the summer holidays to familiarise herself with the surroundings and began to settle in the office, and she will be spending more time there from September. We have attended our first Puppy Training Day with Tracey and Gail, where Heidi was absolutely in love with Tracey. We have lots to practice in school before our Advanced Training Day.

Type of School Dog
Heidi is training to become a DHK Educational Assistance Dog

Owner of School Dog
Jill Broom

Where the DHK School Dog is based
Heidi is in training at Bishop Martin CE Primary School in Woolton, Liverpool.


Willow - Labrador
DHK Puppy in Training - Morden, Surrey

Willow is a four-month old Labrador puppy with oodles of character! She loves life and is always alert and wanting to explore new things. Having Willow is an absolute joy and privilege and we are so thankful to Kate and Simon for breeding such a wonderful dog.
Willow is training to be an Educational Assistance Dog at Hillcross Primary School in Morden, Surrey. Before the summer, Willow had a little bit of time to settle into my office and really seems to be enjoying her time in school. We are working super hard at loose lead walking and generally learning to love her days there.
I first heard of DHK a couple of years ago when someone sent me a video link of Fernie. The prospect of training a dog to work with children and reading about the positive impact they could have in school really excited me and was something I knew I wanted to do immediately. As such, It's fair to say I pretty much stalked the charity until securing my two day initial course...and here we are!
It's incredibly hard work and challenging as there's so much to learn and you can't afford to get it wrong. But, having said that, I love it and I feel so very lucky to have Willow in work with me. Knowing the positive impact she's having already on the school community (even though she's based solely in my office) and how much more is yet to come makes all the hard work worth it. From assemblies I've done on Willow and DHK, the children understand how to approach a dog they've never met and grasp the basic levels of how to 'read dog'.
There is a real sense of community within the charity and Gail and Tracey have a wealth of knowledge and experience that is mesmerising and truly inspiring. Willow and I can't wait for the next step of our DHK journey!

Type of School Dog
Willow is training to become a DHK Educational Assistance Dog.

Owner of School Dog
Helen Beckett

Where the DHK School Dog is based
Willow is in training at Hillcross Primary School in Morden, Surrey.


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