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Duggie's page

Over the next few months, we will be welcoming a dog who will be in school regularly to work with our staff and pupils. 

Duggie is a Labradoodle and is currently undergoing extensive training to ensure he is well-trained for being in school. Some of the many benefits of having a school dog include the following:

  • Cognitive development – building a companionship with a dog helps children stimulate their memory, problem-solving and game-playing skills. Having a school dog is known to increase enthusiasm for, and enjoyment of animals, which motivates children to think and learn.
  • Social skills – dogs provide a mutual topic for conversation with others, and encourage responsibility, wellbeing and focussed interaction with others.
  • Emotional skills – dogs improve self-esteem, acceptance from others and are known for improving moods. Dogs can also help children develop compassion and respect for other living things and can reduce children’s anxiety. Building respect can improve children’s relationships with each other, parents and teachers and shows them how to nurture and care for another living thing. If any children are suffering from bereavement or are particularly sad, dogs can provide children with comfort and friendship.
  • Physical development – interaction with dogs is known to reduce blood pressure, provide tactile stimulation, assist with pain management and give motivation for children to move and walk.
  • Reading – school dogs are known to help children with their reading and literacy skills, through their calming presence and ability to listen to children read without being judgemental or critical. Children can build their confidence to read aloud to others through having a school dog.
  • School community – having a school dog builds the sense of a family environment and togetherness.

During the day, Duggie will be kept in Mr Frost's office where a suitable bed, food, water, toys and cleaning supplies are held. 

Whenever Duggie is being walked around the school, he will have a short lead to ensure he is controlled at all times. While he is getting to know the school and working on his training, pupils will be able to visit Duggie in Mr Frost’s office. As his training progresses, Dougie will visit pupils in their classrooms, and begin to work more closely with them.

This breed of dog enjoys being physically and mentally active and should thrive in the social environment of the school. Duggie has already shown that he enjoys coming into contact with different people and not much fazes him. If in the unlikely event that he does become anxious or show signs of distress at any point, he will be immediately removed from that situation and comforted.

My child is scared of dogs

We understand that some children may be fearful of dogs. Labradoodles are known for being very child-friendly and Duggie will provide the opportunity for children to overcome their fears, with their parents’ permission. The ongoing training that Duggie is taking part in will ensure that he is well-behaved, gentle and calm around children. If parents would prefer for their child not to come into contact with Duggie, we will accommodate your request and ensure alternative arrangements are in place.

We hope you will join us in welcoming Duggie to our school and embrace all he has to offer to our community. I hope to have provided reassurance to any concerns you may; however, if you have any further questions, please contact me on head@micklands.reading.sch.uk or 0118 937 5500.

Feel free to come and say hello if you see him with me in school, but please remember that he is still learning, so please be gentle and calm around him.