We are happy to introduce our new member of the school community – Mabel, who will be a visiting dog for the school.
Mabel will be coming in to school for short periods of time on a weekly basis. Her vet has confirmed that she is in good health, is fully vaccinated, has a lovely nature and is an ideal visiting dog for the school.
Studies have shown that the presence of companion animals can improve the well-being of children and lower anxiety levels, simply by making the environment happier and more enjoyable.
Other benefits include:
- Cognitive – companionship with a dog stimulates memory, problem-solving and game-playing
- Social – a dog provides a positive mutual topic for discussion, encourages responsibility, wellbeing and focused interaction with others
- Emotional – a school dog improves self-esteem, acceptance from others and lifts mood, often provoking laughter and fun. Dogs can also teach compassion and respect for other living things as well as relieving anxiety.
- Physical – interaction with a furry friend reduces blood pressure, and provides tactile stimulation
- Environmental – a dog in a school increases the sense of a family environment, with all of the above benefits continuing long after the school day is over.
Mabel will always be on a lead and any parent who does not wish their child to interact with the dog, is invited to contact the school.
A full risk assessment has been completed and is available for viewing on request.