DHK Puppy Alumni Puppies who are now Certified


Betsy - Certified School Dog - Goldendoodle
DHK Puppy in Training 2013 - Oxford

Rachel Wenham, Betsy's owner, says, "I have been interested in Animal Assisted Interventions for a number of years and in particular thinking about how to introduce it into the special school which I work in. Having taken part in the SCAS 4 day course, I was given the go ahead to introduce dogs into school. During the process of looking for a suitable dog, I was introduced to Tracey and DHK. I am really excited to be working along a charity who has had so much experience of supporting dogs going into school and who have rigorous assessments to ensure only suitable dogs enter schools. We hope that by having Betsy attending school, we will be able to add an additional element to the curriculum we offer our pupils including amongst other things teaching empathy, improving self-esteem and helping those with fears of dogs."

Type of School Dog
Betsy is an Educational Assitance Dog and officially certified in June 2016.

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

Where the DHK School Dog is based
Betsy works at Fitzwaryn School, Oxfordshire.

 


Fernie - Certified School Dog - Labrador
DHK Puppy in Training 2013 - Somerset

From the day he was born, Fernie has seen and met many different people as we wanted him to be as socialised as possible. As a consequence he is phased by nothing and is a very calm dog with a wonderful temperament. His owners, Nik and Lisa wanted to have a dog that could help children, so Fernie will be an attending school dog at Winford C of E Primary School in North Somerset. He has already made a huge impact at school and his calm nature has already worked wonders with some children that had a fear of dogs. He attends most days and is a familiar sight around school. Even now, children's understanding of responsible dog ownership has increased dramatically, and pupils and staff alike love him being in school. Over time, we are very excited about the benefits that a school dog can bring, both academic and emotionally, especially after the training offered by DHK.

Type of School Dog
Fernie is an Educational Assistance Dog and officially certified in May 2016.

School Dog Training Programme Assessments (6 in total)
Fernie has passed all Four DHK Training Assessments, Assessment 5, The Classroom Assessment, and Assessment 6, The School Dog Assessment. Fernie has also passed his 2017 DHK Annual Assessment.

Where the DHK School Dog is based
Fernie works at Winford C of E Primary School, North Somerset

 


Gem - Certified School Dog - Fox Red Labrador
DHK Puppy in Training 2014 - Warwick

Davina Nelson talks proudly about her dog Gem - 'I work with vulnerable pupils at Exhall Grange Specialist School. Holidays are a great time to take a step back from your everyday life think “What if…? - “What if I could combine my passion for working with children with learning and behavioural difficulties to read, with my love of dogs?” whilst on holiday in February 2012 lead to a Google search that lead me to the Dogs Helping Kids website. My family thought it was a great idea and in April 2013 I attended the one day workshop 'Preparing for and learning about school dogs'. I heard such great stories about the work that DHK were already doing and Tracey made me realise that it would be possible to train a dog to work with vulnerable students.
It took us several months of thought and research to choose the right dog for us and for my school. We chose a fox-red Labrador for its easy going temperament and biddable nature and reserved a puppy from a lady who wanted to continue the line of her own working dog. We picked up 'Gem' in April 2014 when she was 8 weeks old.
Since then we have taken her to as many different environments as possible to get her used to a variety of sights and sounds. She takes everything in her stride and loves both people and dogs. Whilst on a trip to introduce her to the steam train near to one of our favourite walks she wasn't fazed at all when approximately 100 Morris Dancers in full costume came off the train and proceeded to walk straight past us! We hadn't planned to do Morris Dancers in quite such a heavy handed way!
We are all very excited about the benefits that Gem can bring to our pupils and we are looking forward to watching her grow into her role'.

Type of School Dog
Gem is an Educational Assistance Dog and officially certified in April 2018.

Owner of School Dog
Davina Nelson

School Dog Training Programme Assessments (6 in total)
Gem has passed DHK Training Asssessments One, Two and Three, The Trainer & Team Assessment, DHK Assessement 4, The Classroom Assessment, DHK Assessment 5, and The School Dog Assessment, Assessment 6.

Where the DHK School Dog is based
Gem works at Exhall Grange Specialist School, Warwickshire

 


Honey - Certified School Dog - Goldendoodle
DHK Puppy in Training 2013 - North Devon

Business sponsor: Greenlanes Shopping Centre, Barnstaple - view website

Jane Shannon, Honey's very proud owner says, 'Honey is the newest member of our family and she is so welcome and so adorable. Honey is currently (July) 3 months old and loves learning new things everyday. She loves chasing our other dogs around and chasing the ball.
Honey is attending Southmead Primary School with me and I am introducing her into the school gradually. We are spending quiet time walking around the school and getting her familiar with the setting. The Headteacher, teachers and all the pupils are very excited and happy to welcome Honey to our school. Honey will become a wonderful member of our school team and she is going to bring so much joy and happiness to all who meet her. As Honey's training with me progressess, the children will become more involved with helping train her too. At Southmead we have seen what impact having a DHK School Dog around the school has made. We have been so lucky to have been working with DHK's Certified School Dog Team, Gail and Teazel ( Honey's half sister), for the past year and the experience has been wonderful'.

Type of School Dog
Honey is an Educational Assistance Dog and officially certified in June 2016

Owner of School Dog
Jane Shannon

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

Where the DHK School Dog is based
Honey works at Southmead Primary School in Braunton, North Devon.

 


Isla - Certified School Dog - Black Labrador
DHK Puppy in Training 2015 - Sheffield

Isla lives at home with Tina and I and enjoys nothing more than blasting around the Peak District hills and woods followed by some training. She has a special friend, "Hunter," a German Shepherd, Who belongs to our dog walker.

I loved the look of the work DHK do in schools and was impressed with just how proffessional and thorough the training and assessment is. I think if a dog is going to be working in a school environment, then it is important for the right dog to get the correct training.

Our school hopes that when Isla is fully trained, she will be able to listen to children reading in small groups or one to one. She already has a growing fan club who love to come and say 'hi' and tickle her belly!

Type of School Dog
Isla is an Educational Assistance Dog and officially certified in October 2018

Owner of School Dog
David Skeels

DHK Welfare and Environment Assessment
Owlerbrook Primary School passed their DHK Welfare and Environment Assessment in July 2017.

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

Where the DHK School Dog is based
Isla works at Owlerbrook Primary School in Sheffield.

 


Max - Certified School Dog - Cross Breed
DHK Puppy in Training 2014 - Somerset

My son and I had always wanted a dog. I had grown up as a child having had two dogs both of which were collie crosses. Unfortunately due to our life style I thought it unfair to bring a dog into our busy lives. I started hearing about PAT dogs and the work that these dogs do in schools, hospitals, homes and other public places. Being a Headteacher I became really curious about the benefits that a dog could bring to a school and its community.

On a Heads residential I started talking to other Heads who had either school dogs or visiting dogs. It was then that I came across DHK, I looked into the Facebook page and DHK website. I took the plunge and emailed Tracey, enquiring on the process and commitment it takes to endeavour on having and training a DHK dog.

Upon Tracey's reply I contacted all reputable rehoming centres explaining what I was looking for and why. Duncan from Heavens Gate in Somerset was very keen to help me in my quest to find just the right dog and it wasn't long before my son and I met Bruce. The centre believed Bruce (now renamed Max) to be an Airedale terrier cross Whippet...Tracey however thinks otherwise and we are looking forward to having his DNA tested. We fell in love with Max straight away and the next couple of weeks felt like torture until we were allowed to pick him up.

Over the next few weeks Max visited school at the weekends getting used to my office and looking around the school quietly without the children being present. Now Max is in school for half days. He has passed his initial assessments. Leading up to this we attended Big Dog Little Dog classes with Cheryl Holden. We made it clear to Cheryl what we needed Max to work towards and she tailored our training to meet DHK criteria. Max attended three sets of six classes over the next few months and when we received our entry date 25.1.15 for the DHK entry assessment we were really excited and somewhat nervous!

Thankfully Max passed and we are now a DHK puppy in training preparing for our next assessments. Every time Max goes for a walk we make sure he is showing DHK good manners! We keep a diary of Max's time in school and we are looking forward to the next phase of DHK.

Type of School Dog
Max is an Educational Assistance Dog and officially certified in May 2017

Owner of School Dog
Jo Yates

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

Where the DHK School Dog is based
Max works at Barwick and Stoford CP School, Yeovil, Somerset

 


Ripley - Certified School Dog - Chocolate Springador
DHK Puppy in Training 2014 - York

Ripley is our adorable chocolate springador who has been attending Archbishop Holgate's School each day since he was 12 weeks old. Archbishop's is an 11-18 Church of England Academy in York with just shy of 1200 pupils. We decided to train a School Dog after attending the one day workshop and being inspired by the potential impact that a dog could have on our pupils. Ripley has certainly had an impact on the pupils and staff here and has really become part of the family in school. Ripley accompanies me on duty each morning welcoming pupils as they enter the building. He brings a smile to the weariest of faces and really helps to put the pupils in a positive frame of mind for the start of the day.

Ripley has a lovely temperament; he is calm and loving in school and at home loves nothing more than playing in the garden or going out for a walk with another dog. He loves to play with the cat who is definitely boss in their relationship. We have taken Ripley to many different environments to get him used to different sounds and smells. He seems to take everything in his stride and win hearts wherever he goes. Having passed the DHK entry test in January we are really excited about progressing his training and taking the next step.

Type of School Dog
Ripley is an Educational Assistance Dog and officially certified in June 2017

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

Where the DHK School Dog is based
Ripley is in training at Archbishop Holgate's School, York

 


Scout - Certified School Dog - Cockerpoo
DHK Puppy in Training 2013 - Hertfordshire

Scout is a very happy Cockerpoo named after the lead character from 'To Kill a Mockingbird'. Scout is in training to be an Attending School Dog at the The Reach Free School, which opened in September 2013. Scout really enjoys the company of people and loves nothing more than to be surrounded by lots of human companions. She's also a big fan of other walks of life, especially other dogs who will indulge her in a high-speed game of chase. She is also parital to ducks, cows and butterflies but they do not tend to be so enamoured with her!

The Reach Free School specializes in English and Maths, so Scout's role as a reading dog is integral to the school's curriculum and 'ACE' ethos of Acheivement, Community and Enjoyment. Scout is very much be part of the teaching team at the school and already brings her owner, Natalie, who is the Deputy Headteacher at the school, lots of joy. She is sure to do the same for the pupils of The Reach Free School due to her incredibly friendly nature and her comical personality.

Type of School Dog
Scout is an Educational Assistance Dog and officially certified in June 2016.

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

Where the DHK School Dog is based
Scout works at The Reach Free School, Hertfordshire

 


Vader - Certified School Dog - Lurcher
DHK Puppy in Training 2014 - North Devon

Business sponsor: North Devon Journal - view website

Tracey, Founder and Chief Executive of Dogs Helping Kids talks about her rescue puppy Vader - 'In May of 2014 my husband and I lost our precious dog Princess Laya - she meant the world to both of us and was also Dogs Helping Kids (D.H.K.) first ever Certified School Dog. Laya worked for the charity for over 10 years before her retirement in 2012, and touched the hearts of thousands of children, specialising in working with violent teenagers. We were both completely lost without her. After much discussion we decided that Laya would want us to give a home to another rescue dog in desperate need, and so began the hunt for a dog that would not only fill the very deep void in our lives, but one that had the potential to become an awesome School Dog for the charity.

Houston - or Darth 'Vader' - as he is now known, was approximately 16 weeks when I first met him at the Blue Cross Centre in Birmingham in July 2014 - he is a Saluki x Greyhound. Vader was originally from Ireland and had had a terribly sad start in life. He had been to a number of rescue centres within the Blue Cross, was very underweight and had never ever known love. After doing some temperament and trainability tests with him, I found him to have the sweetest nature, despite humans letting him down so badly. He was also a delight to clicker train and he simply seemed right.

Vader completed his 8 week Puppy Course with Puppy Gurus (www.puppygurus.co.uk) in November 2014 and completed the 6 week Advanced clicker training class in February 2015. Vader undertook a very comprehensive socialisation programme and we took him to as many different environments as possible each and every week. He has a column written about his training and socialisation in the local paper, the North Devon Journal called 'Vader's Tail' - this is so local people can follow the progress of one of our 'DHK Puppies in Training' and understand how much work goes into each School Dog that certifies with the charity.

Vader undertook the DHK Entry Test in January 2015 and passed with flying colours, followed closely by passing DHK Assessment One in March, being the youngest local dog to pass the first assessment. Between 2015 and 2017 Vader passed DHK Assessments 2 - 6 inclusive. He is one of the only dogs to gain 100% on one of his assessments, this being assessment 4 - The Trainer and Team Test for Support School Dogs.

Since taking Vader on from rescue he has been making regular weekly visits to a local behavioural school for boys and has currently worked with a number of these boys, teaching them all about dog training, understanding a dog, and how to be patient. Vader loves working with teenagers and it is definately the highlight of his week!

Type of School Dog
Vader is a Support School Dog for Teenagers and officially certified in June 2017

Owner of School Dog
Tracey Berridge

DHK Entry Test
Vader passed the DHK Entry Test in 2015.

School Dog Training Programme Assessments (6 in total)
Vader has passed DHK Training Asssessments One, Two and Three, The Trainer & Team Assessment, DHK Assessement 4, The Classroom Assessment, DHK Assessment 5, and The School Dog Assessment, Assessment 6.

Where the DHK School Dog is based
Vader works at the DHK HQ helping teenagers on a one-one basis.

 

contact us
Contact us
     facebook logo

back to meet our dogs page

©DHK Dogs Helping Kids, Registered Charity

Callanish, Eastacombe, Tawstock, Barnstaple,
North Devon, EX31 3NX