Benji had his first club this week. All the children were able to walk Benji on a loose
lead, get Benji to come to them and either sit or lie down on command. They also got Benji to retrieve a ball and drop it for them which was really good as Benji likes to keep any
balls that he finds. Next week they will be starting to teach Benji a trick, creating a maze for him and decorating a storage box for his outdoor toys.
Benji has begun working again with the children around school.
We decided to get a school dog to help with post Covid schooling. There are many benefits to having a school dog:
Cognitive – companionship with a dog stimulates memory, problem-solving and game playing.
Social – a dog provides a positive mutual topic for discussion amongst children, encourages responsibility, wellbeing and focused interaction with others.
Emotional – a school dog improves self-esteem, acceptance from others and lifts moods, often provoking laughter and fun. Dogs can teach compassion and respect for other living things as well as relieving anxiety.
Physical – interaction with a dog reduces blood pressure, provides tactile stimulation, gives motivation to move, walk and stimulate the senses.
Community – a dog in school increases the sense of a family environment, with all of the above benefits continuing long after the school day is over.
Motivational – spending time with a school dog (whether stroking, walking or reading to it) gives children the motivation to stay focused and on task.
If you have any individual questions or queries, please do not hesitate to speak to Miss Radcliffe (6LR@queensgateprimary.co.uk) or myself. (firstname.lastname@example.org)