DHK Puppies in Training 2015

Isla - Black Labrador
DHK Puppy in Training - 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 training to become an Attending School Dog.

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.

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


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 Attending School Dog.

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


Lucy - Chocolate Labrador
DHK Puppy in Training - Bicton, Devon

Lucy is a beautiful chocolate lab, who was born in June 2015 and came to live with us in the summer of 2015. We began general puppy training with her and soon decided that we'd like to train her as a therapy dog, and when we found Dogs Helping Kids and learned about their impact on children and young people, we knew that we wanted to work with them. I (Sarah) work at Mill Water School, a special school for children aged 3-19 with severe and profound learning difficulties, so we are hoping that Lucy will really be able to help the pupils there in a variety of ways according to their needs. Lucy has been spending time at Mill Water over the past few months and we are looking forward to all that's in store as we progress through the DHK assessments.

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

DHK Entry Test
Lucy passed the DHK Entry Test in November 2016

School Dog Training Programme Assessments (6 in total)
Lucy has passed DHK Assessments One, Two and Three.

Where the DHK School Dog is based
Lucy is in training at Mill Water School in Bicton.


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