Our School Dog
my name is Theodore (Theo) and I am St. Joseph’s School Dog, I often get called ‘Theodorable’ I can’t think why?! I am a Cockapoo which means I am half Poodle and half Cocker spaniel. This means that I do not shed fur, making it highly unlikely that anyone will be allergic to me. I am two years old and my birthday is 14th May. I come to school most days, but sometimes I need to rest at home as I am only small.
My role as school dog is challenging and varied, but I feel that I am more than up to the task. Numerous research studies have shown the benefits of dogs in schools. Evidence indicates that areas of potential benefits 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.
I may only be small, but I have a big personality- I am very busy when I am at school, and every day is different. I spend time in the classrooms learning new things and listening to children read. Sometimes I spend time with Miss Majko and listen to the children if they are sharing a worry. I love cuddles and the occasional treat.
The children are ‘pawfect’ at looking after me, they ensure I have my breakfast every morning and I get to go out and play at breaktime and lunchtime. It is such a big responsibility looking after a dog, but the children at St Joseph’s make sure I have everything I need.
I plan on keeping my section of the website up-to-date with comments and photographs documenting my time in school.
If you have any further questions regarding my role within the school please request to see me in person or contact the school office on 01474 533515 or by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org