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  Pawsitive Education: How Dogs at Schools Are Changing the Learning Game

 



 

In current day and age where education is seen as a high-stakes and fast-paced environment, it is crucial to find methods to care for students' emotional wellbeing and foster a positive learning atmosphere. The answer to this may be man's best friend - dog. Research has suggested that by including dogs in schools, their calming energy can make a considerable difference in the lives of students, providing comfort, decreasing tension levels, and ultimately improving mental health.

Many schools (both primary and secondary),not only in Lincolnshire county is already using help and support of animal assisted therapy, with at least one head teacher investing in not just one but three such dogs.

 Dogs offer an unconditional love and support which is incomparable. They can help children to become more empathetic, responsible, and socially adept. Interactions with dogs have been linked to increased concentration, motivation, and even better academic performance. Besides the emotional benefits, these furry friends can also create a bridge between teachers and pupils, making learning more enjoyable and stimulating. Their soothing influence can produce a secure and encouraging atmosphere, allowing children to flourish.

 By introducing dogs into the educational environment, we can see the positive change that takes place in students: they become happier, healthier, and more self-assured. It has also improved the attendance.

Schools have the option of employing different types of dog programs tailored to meet certain objectives and student requirements. A common example are therapy dog visits, where trained canines and their handlers provide comfort to learners.

Dog-assisted activities, such as reading sessions, raise reading ability and confidence, while dog training programs teach responsibility, empathy, and teamwork. Dog-assisted therapy programs are also used to help students with emotional and behavioural issues. By considering their goals and students' needs, schools can select the most appropriate program.

Incorporating dogs into schools has been demonstrated to have a positive effect on learning and academic success. Dogs can provide a non-judgmental and supportive environment, creating a secure atmosphere in which students can take risks and participate in active learning. This often leads to better involvement and a greater understanding of the curriculum.

Including dogs in learning activities can make the process more enjoyable and memorable. For instance, reading to dogs has been verified to boost reading capabilities, fluency, and understanding. The non-threatening and non-critical nature of dogs motivates students to practice reading without fear of criticism, resulting in increased assurance and a passion for reading. Dogs can also be utilized as teaching aids in disciplines such as science, where students can learn about animal behaviour, biology, and responsible pet ownership. By incorporating dogs into the educational process, educators can tap into students' natural curiosity and create meaningful connections between classroom content and real-world experiences.



 

 

Dogs that are brought into schools to be safe, calm, and successful, they should receive proper training. This should include obedience, socialization, and the capability to remain serene in a variety of settings. It is crucial that there is always a trained handler with the canine to make sure proficient direction and control. Handlers should understand dog behaviour and child psychological growth.

 Evaluations and continuing instruction for both dogs and handlers must be done frequently to keep the program successful and secure.

Certain charities offer one of visits of such, but the waiting list is mile long, as we know. Our dogs (Southern K9 raining) are trained and paired with the handler from birth.

Our handler (and Guild of Dog Trainers Master Dog trainer) is also a mental health therapist in daily work, trained in animal assisted therapy. In addition to qualifications, she is CRB checked, insured and first aid trained.

 



Eva interacts with children with ease making connection with all type of children. Something that she practiced during her time volunteering with SHOUT crisis line.

Want to know more? Contact Southern K9 Training Team.

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