DHK Trainee School Dogs


Bailey - Labradoodle

DHK Puppy in Training 2016 - Herefordshire

Business sponsor: Watson Fuels - view website

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

Owner/Handler of School Dog
Jo Goodman

Where the DHK School Dog is based
Bailey is training at Ledbury Primary School, Herefordshire.

Assessment One, The DHK Entry Test
Bailey passed the DHK Entry Test in September 2017.

Assessment Two, The DHK Welfare and Environment Assessment
Ledbury Primary School passed the Welfare and Environment Assessment in November 2017

DHK Assessments Three to Eight - The DHK School Dog Training Programme Assessments
Bailey has passed all Four DHK Training Assessments Three - Six.


Bailey was born in May 2016 and came to live with us at 8 weeks old. We spent the summer getting to know each other and doing lots of puppy training so that we were ready to begin working with DHK.
Bailey is training to be an Educational Assisstance Dog at Ledbury Primary School. Although he is still in the early stages of his training, he has already had a huge impact on staff and pupils alike and is very much part of our school family.
With support and guidance from DHK, and a lot of hard work, we hope that Bailey will be able to fulfil his potential and make a real difference to our pupils; increasing their self-confidence and self-esteem, motivating them to achieve their best and showing them how to respect and care for all animals.
It is a real privilege to be working with Bailey and DHK and I am looking forward to the next stage of our training.

 


Emmet - Mini Labradoodle

DHK Puppy in Training 2018 - South Oxfordshire

Business sponsor: IBS Office Solutions - view website

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

Owner/Handler of School Dog
Heidi McSweeney

Where the DHK School Dog is based
Emmet is in training at Cholsey Primary School, South Oxfordshire.

Assessment One, The DHK Entry Test
Emmet passed the DHK Entry Test in August 2019

Assessment Two, The DHK Welfare and Environment Assessment
Cholsey Primary School passed the Welfare and Environment Assessment in December 2019


Emmet is a Mini Labradoodle, who was born in June 2018 and is training to be an Educational Assistance Dog at Cholsey Primary School in South Oxfordshire.
I first started researching the huge benefits of having an Educational Assistance Dog about 3 years ago and after being frustrated at the lack of training and support available to introduce a dog safely, thankfully found out about DHK and the accreditation they offer.
I attended the 2 day School Dog Workshop and found the advice and details shared daunting, but also hugely exciting. It was really useful to meet other current school dog owners and future ones. I am so grateful for the support I received from DHK in choosing Emmet and how to ensure he had the best possible start with my family, when he came to live with us last summer.
Emmet started coming to school in September and has settled well into a routine. He has already had a positive impact on the children and staff and we thoroughly enjoyed the Puppy Training Day at DHK in October, where Tracey and Gail were like magicians in showing his potential. Emmet is a very scruffy, mischievous and loving puppy. He is very eager to please and loves all the training we do, as well as chilling in his crate or bed; usually on his back with all four legs in the air. I have got used to dodging the various toys scattered around my office.
Although the children do not yet have any contact with Emmet, they are all becoming little dog experts with regular video updates in assemblies and sessions on 'How to Speak Dog'.
We have a lot to practise before our next training day and the support and guidance from Gail and Tracey is invaluable in helping us to succeed.

 


Heidi - Sproodle

DHK Puppy in Training 2018 - Liverpool

Business sponsor: Joint Sponsors - Initio Interactive and Adams O'Rourke Chartered Accountants - view website

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

Owner/Handler 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.

Assessment One, The DHK Entry Test
Heidi passed the DHK Entry Test in July 2019

Assessment Two, The DHK Welfare and Environment Assessment
Bishop Martin CE Primary School passed the Welfare and Environment Assessment in November 2019


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.

 


Jeske - Stabyhoun

DHK Puppy in Training 2017 - Nottinghamshire

Business sponsor: Gentle Dog Food - view website

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

Owner/Handler of School Dog
Becky Cooper

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

Assessment One, The DHK Entry Test
Jekse passed the DHK Entry Test in October 2018

Assessment Two, The DHK Welfare and Environment Assessment
Clarborough Primary School passed the Welfare and Environment Assessment in December 2018

DHK Assessments Three to Eight - The DHK School Dog Training Programme Assessments
Jeske has passed DHK Training Assessments Three, Four and Five


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!)

 


Jess - Lurcher Cross

DHK Puppy in Training 2017 - Gloucester

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

Owner/Handler of School Dog
Deborah Neame

Assessment One, The DHK Entry Test
Jess passed the DHK Entry Test in May 2018

DHK Assessments Three to Eight - The DHK School Dog Training Programme Assessments
Jess has passed DHK Training Assessments Three and Four


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.

 


Percy - Working Cocker Spaniel

DHK Puppy in Training 2017 - Exeter

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

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

Owner/Handler of School Dog
Alice Hayward

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

Assessment One, The DHK Entry Test
Percy passed the DHK Entry Test in May 2018

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


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.

 


Quattro - Chocolate Labrador

DHK Puppy in Training 2016 - Swindon

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

Owner/Handler of School Dog
Leanne Smy

Where the DHK School Dog is based
Quattro is in training at Goddard Park Primary School in Swindon.

Assessment One, The DHK Entry Test
Quattro passed the DHK Entry Test in March 2017.

Assessment Two, The DHK Welfare and Environment Assessment
Goddard Park Primary School passed the DHK Welfare and Environment Assessement in April 2017.

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


Quattro (born on the 27th May 2016, which just so happens to be my birthday too!) is a clever, handsome and very much adored puppy, who came to live with myself and my husband at 8 weeks old this year. He joined our little family at the start of the school holidays and spent his summer at puppy school and doing lots of fun training every day at home with the hope of joining DHK.

Quattro is training to become an Educational Assistance Dog at Goddard Park Primary School in Swindon. He spends his days relaxing on his settle mat and has quickly got used to the busy school environment; he even attends staff training and meetings because he's now a part of the Goddard Park team!

The needs of the children at Goddard Park are diverse. We hope that Quattro can eventually help us to support the children as he progresses in his training; from helping with motivating children to attend school and encouraging them to read, to being a calming influence in the classroom and a good friend to talk to.

After lots of research for someone who could help train Quattro for the job, I found DHK and we are very excited and keen to do well with them! I love the positive training methods DHK use and that I can guarantee, due to the rigorous assessments, that Quattro will be trained to a high standard before working with the children. Tracey is awesome and so knowledgeable - without a doubt DHK feels like the perfect choice for such a clever pup, who just loves to be around people.

I can't wait to see how Quattro progresses as I know he can give so much to the children at Goddard Park!

 


Tango - Fox Red Labrador

DHK Puppy in Training 2017 - North Somerset

Business sponsor: Bristol Airport - view website

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

Owner/Handler of School Dog
Nik & Lisa Gardner

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

Assessment One, The DHK Entry Test
Tango passed the DHK Entry Test in May 2018

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

DHK Assessments Three to Eight - The DHK School Dog Training Programme Assessments
Tango has passed DHK Training Assessments Three, Four and Five


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.

 


Tilly - Labrador

DHK Puppy in Training 2018 Yeovil, Somerset

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

Owner/Handler of School Dog
Judy Parker

Where the DHK School Dog is based
Tilly is in training at Birchfield Community Primary School, Yeovil.

Assessment One, The DHK Entry Test
Tilly passed the DHK Entry Test in August 2019

Assessment Two, The DHK Welfare and Environment Assessment
Birchfield Community Primary School passed the Welfare and Environment Assessment in October 2019


Tilly is a Labrador puppy who lives in Dorset with Daisy (14) and Louis (11) and who goes to school across the border in Somerset!
Tilly goes to school every day in Yeovil. She is training to be an Educational Assistance Dog at Birchfield Community Primary School. Birchfield is a larger than average primary school with over 420 children. The school is in an area of deprivation and has a varied catchment.
Tilly was bred by the lovely Michele under 'Puppy Culture' and as a result is a confident, thoughtful and mischievous puppy! She loves a challenge and enjoys working out how to get her next treats… She is a fast learner who likes nothing more than to be tested on her cues!
At school Tilly is working behind the scenes. She has a bed in my office where she spends much of the day. When the children are in lessons she loves to walk by each classroom practicing her sit, stand, downs and she has been the focus of some fabulous year 4 writing.
The children at school are very excited to have Tilly and there is always a buzz in the air when she is glimpsed in the office or out in the courtyard. They have been enjoying the assemblies on dog safety and speaking dog and have all been very supportive in helping Tilly while she settles in and works towards her entry assessment.
Tilly has completed her first set of puppy classes and is due to take her next course in January. She also regularly sees Gail, from DHK, for top up sessions, next steps and plenty of reassurance

 


Willow - Labrador

DHK Puppy in Training 2018 - Morden, Surrey

Business sponsor: Angela and Debbie Childminding Services, Morden, Surrey - view website

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

Owner/Handler of School Dog
Helen Beckett

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

Assessment One, The DHK Entry Test
Willow passed the DHK Entry Test in July 2019

Assessment Two, The DHK Welfare and Environment Assessment
Hillcross Primary School passed the Welfare and Environment Assessment in September 2019


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!

 

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