The Dog Mentor
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. he leads me beside the still waters. He restores my soul.
WELCOME TO EEVEE
We are pleased to introduce our school dog, Eevee, who has joined The Dog Mentor Programme. The Dog Mentor programme has built upon the benefits of the human-animal bond by providing children positive experiences with dogs that can help them educationally, developmentally, emotionally and socially. Eevee has completed training and passed her Dog Mentor Programme assessment.
Over the last nine years The Dog Mentor programme has been proven to have a positive impact on children in all areas including self-esteem, behaviour, peer relationships and better engagement skills. These improvements then result in improved academic achievement.
Numerous research studies have shown the benefits of dogs in schools and evidence indicates that areas of potential benefit include:
· Cognitive development – companionship with a dog stimulates memory, problem-solving, game-playing and can improve reading skills.
· Emotional development – 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 development – interaction with a pet reduces blood pressure, provides tactile stimulation, assists with pain management, gives motivation to move, walk and stimulates the senses.
· Environmental benefits – a dog in a school contributes towards the creation of home style environment, with all of the above benefits continuing long after the school day is over.
· Social benefits – a dog provides a positive mutual topic for discussion, encourages responsibility, wellbeing, developing social skills and focused interaction with others.
Miss Steel will be bringing Eevee into school. We envisage that The Dog Mentor Programme will bring a positive influence into the school environment as a whole and look forward to the impact that the programme will have on our students. Full training has been given to Miss Steel, Mrs Chetty and Miss Liebenhals, who will work with Eevee in order to ensure that the welfare of everyone involved is maintained as a top priority.
Please feel free to visit The Dog Mentor’s website and Facebook page for more details and to see some of the schools that have introduced their dogs into their settings:
I hope that you share our excitement, please feel free to contact us with any questions you may have at TheDogMentor@trinitysevenoaks.com