School Wellbeing Dog
We are very excited to introduce you all to the newest member of our Red Rose Primary School family – Hugo.
Hugo is a Black Labrador Retriever and was born on 12th March 2021. Hugo was born in Lancashire – the Red Rose County! He has been living with Mrs Brinton and her family since he was 8 weeks old. Hugo has settled really well into his new home and is a very loving, gentle boy who likes to sleep a lot and play with his toys. He enjoys being stroked and cuddled.
Hugo is currently undergoing basic training and will hopefully begin his specialist training with ‘Pets as Therapy’ when he is 9 months old.
A growing number of schools now have a school dog and are seeing many benefits. Research has shown that having a wellbeing dog in school can:
- Improve academic achievement
- Increase Literacy skills
- Calm behaviours
- Increase social skills and self-esteem
- Increase confidence
- Teach responsibility and respect to all life
- Help improve school attendance
- Help to motivate children who are often less focused
During the school day, Hugo remains in Mrs Brinton’s office or the school office, where he will have his own safe space. He will not be allowed to walk around the school building unless under adult supervision on a lead.
Please read our School Dog Policy to see our reasons for having a therapy dog as well as frequently asked questions: