Our school dog is a Cockapoo called ‘Lottie’, she is owned by Mrs Davis and will go home with her every day and in school holidays. This breed of dog was chosen as they are hypoallergenic, child-friendly, sociable, and have outstanding trainability.
Lottie will be a fully-fledged member of our school community. She was born on 27th April 2021, and will begin her work in school in September 2021. While in school, Lottie’s main place of residence will be in Mrs Davis’ office, which is secure and separate from the classrooms. She will undertake training by ‘The Dog Mentor’ for her role in school along with a small number of staff who will be her handlers in school.
Children will be able to interact with the dog under strict supervision at certain times of the day/week. As she grows older her timetable in school and the work she will do with children will increase. She will not be allowed to roam the school grounds and will be supervised at all times.
All children will have the opportunity to learn how to behave around dogs, and parents can withdraw permission for their child to be in contact with the dog.