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Aylesbury schools need help looking after their School Dog

Aylesbury schools need help looking after their School Dog

Published by Charlotte Fisher at 1:40pm 25th June 2019.

The Vale Federation of Schools, which includes Stocklake Park and Booker Park, are looking for a volunteer boarder to look after their School Dog. 

They are after for a volunteer family who can take care of Doyle, a 16 month old Labrador x Golden Retriever who has completed his training ready to become a School Dog at the Vale Federation of Schools in Aylesbury.

What do School Dogs do?

Their School Dogs work part-time at local schools, Stocklake Park School and Booker Park School, supporting students with their learning and development.

Zeus and Doyle assist students on a regular basis, one at a time, through activity and therapy based approaches.

Teachers and therapists at our primary and secondary schools refer students to work towards a variety of learning outcomes such as:

  • Physiotherapy: A creative approach has helped with assisting students in reaching their physiotherapy targets. Tasks to improve mobility such as stretching, reaching and balancing, can be incorporated into activities with our dogs which can help to increase motivation.
  • Speech and Language Therapy: We have supported a student who uses eyegaze technology, working with one of our dogs to motivate them by responding to requests such as "fetch" or "come" when the student deliberately selects a cell on the device using their eyes.
School Dog Holder poster
The dogs are vital for the kids' development
  • Community: Accessing the community can be challenging for some of our students, Our school dogs are a great focus: reducing the impact that environmental distractions can have and increasing concentration. Students watch the dog, follow them, stop at kerbs and help with decision making about when it is safe for them to cross the road.
  • My Wellbeing: Leaning how to care for and look after an animal enables students to develop a greater sense of responsibility as well as supporting their learning about self-care and hygiene, leading to increased independence.
  • Occupational Therapy: Activities with our school dogs such as grooming or exploring (looking at, holding, sniffing) different types of food treats that Patience eats, can help to support an occupational therapy programme for a student that is developing their hand eye regard.

They need help from local volunteers who can look after these life-changing dogs and commit to transporting them to and from school.

If you live in or close to Aylesbury, have a secure garden, have suitable transport and can commit to dropping Doyle off at school for 08:30 and collect at 12:00 or 15:30 2 ½ - 4 days per week then they would love to hear from you.

Full support is given and all dog food, veterinary care and associated costs are covered.

They only ask that Doyle is exercised, cared for and treated as part of the family.

If you're interested in becoming a School Dog Holder, for more information and an application form please contact Claire Lush via email here or on 07939043214.

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