Certified DHK Educational Assistance Dogs


Betsy - Goldendoodle - Oxford

Certified School Dog - June 2016

Type of School Dog
Betsy is an Educational Assistance Dog

Owner/Handler of School Dog
Rachel Wenham

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

DHK Assessments One to Eight Certified DHK School Dog
Betsy and Rachel passed all 8 DHK Assessments between 2013 and 2016.

DHK Assessments Three to Eight - The DHK School Dog Training Programme Assessments
Betsy has passed all Four DHK Training Assessments 3 - 6, Assessment 7, The Classroom Assessment, and Assessment 8, The School Dog Assessment.

Annual DHK Assessment (once Certified)
Betsy has passed all her DHK Annual Assessments since 2017.


Betsy attends Fitzwaryn Special School in Wantage, Oxfordshire. She spends time both in the classroom relaxing while the children work and working with small groups and individual children. Betsy has worked with pupils from across the school ranging in age from 4 - 19. She particularly excels at encouraging children's communication by responding to their verbal or signed cues and loves showing of her tricks. When at school Betsy is very calm, but out on walks she likes nothing better than whizzing around the fields into the muddy puddles!

 


Fernie - Chocolate Labrador - Somerset

Certified School Dog - May 2016

Business sponsor: Cosyfeet - view website

Type of School Dog
Fernie is an Educational Assistance Dog and an Ambassador School Dog

Owner/Handler of School Dog
Nik Gardner

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

DHK Assessments One to Eight Certified DHK School Dog
Nik and Fernie passed all 8 DHK Assessments between 2013 and 2016.

DHK Assessments Three to Eight - The DHK School Dog Training Programme Assessments
Fernie has passed all Four DHK Training Assessments 3 - 6, Assessment 7, The Classroom Assessment, and Assessment 8, The School Dog Assessment.

Annual DHK Assessment (once Certified)
Fernie has passed all his DHK Annual Assessments since 2017.


Fernie is the most wonderfully calm and laid back chocolate Labrador you might ever meet! He attends Winford C of E Primary School daily and goes wherever Headteacher Nik goes, whether it be assembly, reading with children or meetings. He makes a huge impact at school and his calm nature has already worked wonders with some children that had a fear of dogs. Children at Winford live and learn on a day to day basis all of DHK's values of non-violence, empathy, respect, kindness, love, responsibility, friendship and trust.

 


Isla - Black Labrador - Derbyshire

Certified School Dog - December 2018

Business sponsor: Johnsons Veterinary Products Ltd - view website

Type of School Dog
Isla is an Educational Assistance Dog

Owner/Handler of School Dog
David Skeels

Where the DHK School Dog is based
Isla is currently working with teenagers as a 1:1 Support School Dog.

DHK Assessments One to Eight Certified DHK School Dog
Isla and David passed all 8 DHK Assessments between 2015 and 2018.

DHK Assessments Three to Eight - The DHK School Dog Training Programme Assessments
Isla has passed all Four DHK Training Assessments 3 - 6, Assessment 7, The Classroom Assessment, and Assessment 8, The School Dog Assessment.


For three years Isla worked in Owlerbrook Primary School in Sheffield, showing the true effect that a puppy growing up in school can have, not only on the children and staff, but also on the nature and development of the dog themselves. Isla is well mannered, well ballanced and truly amazing at what she does in a school setting. Isla achieved her certification as a fully certified school dog in 2018 and since then we have been working with a small number of children on a 1 to 1 basis.

 


Lottie - Chocolate Labrador - East Sussex

Certified School Dog - April 2019

Type of School Dog
Lottie is an Educational Assistance Dog

Owner/Handler of School Dog
Sarah Hammond

Where the DHK School Dog is based
Lottie works at Skippers Hill Manor Preparatory School, East Sussex.

DHK Assessments One to Eight Certified DHK School Dog
Lottie and Sarah passed all 8 DHK Assessments between 2016 and 2019.

Assessment One, The DHK Entry Test
Lottie passed the DHK entry test in January 2017

Assessment Two, The DHK Welfare and Environment Assessment
Skippers Hill Manor Prep School passed their DHK Welfare and Environment Assessment in May 2017.

DHK Assessments Three to Eight - The DHK School Dog Training Programme Assessments
Lottie has passed all Four DHK Training Assessments 3-6, Assessment 7, The Classroom Assessment, and Assessment 8, The School Dog Assessment.


We just couldn't imagine life at school without Lottie, our chocolate Labrador - she makes children, staff, parents and visitors smile every day! Lottie is a gentle, calm and adaptable dog, who just loves to be involved in every aspect of school life. The expert training and support from DHK and the rigorous assessments have meant that we have complete confidence in her interactions with children and in her numerous roles around the school. We are particularly proud that every single child at Skippers can talk confidently about dog body language, welfare and safety. Lottie loves working with our children at her dog training club, snuggling up to individuals for reading sessions and helping children to feel better or to feel more confident around dogs. Lottie is often found snoozing in one of her many beds around the school or being taken for "Lottie Reward Time" walks in our fields and woodland.

 


Max - Terrier X Whippet - Yeovil

Certified School Dog - May 2017

Type of School Dog
Max is an Educational Assisstance Dog

Owner/Handler of School Dog
Jo Yates

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

DHK Assessments One to Eight Certified DHK School Dog
Max and Jo passed all 8 DHK Assessments between 2014 and 2017.

DHK Assessments Three to Eight - The DHK School Dog Training Programme Assessments
Max has passed all Four DHK Training Assessments 3-6, Assessment 7, The Classroom Assessment, and Assessment 8, The School Dog Assessment.


Max has to be the calmest, chilled out character. He loves coming to school and is really eager when he sees his orange harness. He comes to school daily with Head teacher, Jo Yates.
Max goes into class with Jo and loves to chill on his settle mat during lesson observations. He is even part of the interview panel during any recruitment!
Pupils all love spending time with Max and have enjoyed reading with him and training with him. We are currently teaching Max to 'crawl', any excuse for an extra treat!
When the orange harness comes off at the end of the day Max enjoys playing tug and having a good run. As Max is partly whippet he goes like a rocket and as he especially loves a good 'chase' with his doggy pals this comes in handy.

 


Ripley - Labrador x Springer Spaniel - York

Certified School Dog - June 2017

Type of School Dog
Ripley is an Educational Assistance Dog

Owner/Handler of School Dog
Lucy Nicol

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

DHK Assessments One to Eight Certified DHK School Dog
Ripley and Lucy passed all 8 DHK Assessments between 2014 and 2017.

DHK Assessments Three to Eight - The DHK School Dog Training Programme Assessments
Ripley has passed all Four DHK Training Assessments 3-6, Assessment 7, The Classroom Assessment, and Assessment 8, The School Dog Assessment.

Annual DHK Assessment (once Certified)
Ripley has passed all his DHK Annual Assessments since 2018


Ripley and I are absolutely thrilled to have completed certification and be part of the DHK family. Ripley attends Archbishop Holgate's School in York - a large comprehensive secondary academy with sixth form. Ripley is a chocolate brown Springador with a white flash on his chest - this is where we believe the magic was added. Ripley is super chilled and calmly goes about his business of bringing happiness to a busy secondary school.

Ripley is a real asset to the school and he enjoys being in school each day and taking part in 1:1 reading sessions, Ripley's training club (called 'Ripley Club') and joining in with my sixth form lessons. In lessons Ripley is so settled, he picks his spot in the classroom and tends to spend the majority of the hour asleep! Ripley has down time in my office where he has his bed, water and a few toys and he enjoys snoring under my desk whilst I am getting on with paperwork. Outside of school Ripley loves going on walks to the woods and playing with his best friend Freddie, another chocolate Labrador.

 


Teazel - Labradoodle - Devon

Certified School Dog - May 2012

Type of School Dog
Teazel is DHK's Promotional School Dog and a Visiting School Dog.

Owner/Handler of School Dog
Gail Laurence

Where the DHK School Dog is based
Teazel worked at Southmead Primary School in Braunton, North Devon for 3 years. Teazel now concentrates most of her time on PR work for the charity and introducing DHK into Mid Devon. As such Teazel helps provide regular workshops and talks in the Bampton area and also heads up the DHK Child Ambassador Programme.

DHK Assessments Three to Eight - The DHK School Dog Training Programme Assessments
Teazel has passed all Four DHK Training Assessments, her Library Assessment and her Read Assessment.

Annual DHK Assessment (once Certified)
Teazel has passed all of her DHK Annual Assesments since 2013.


Teazel's very proud owner Gail bred Teazel and she also lives with Teazel's parents. Teazel is the most gentle loving dog Gail has ever lived with. She loves people and is very respectful of children. She loves agility, but also loves laying on the sofa for cuddles! Teazel has many talents and because she is such a confident outgoing dog, she is perfectly suited to her role as PR School Dog. Teazel has been all over the country meeting and teaching humans, and based on her wagging tail, we know she loves her work.

 

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