Pet Doctors helps school therapy dog with a comprehensive puppy care package
The team at Northwood Primary had considered obtaining a dog as a school therapy pet for some time. The value of pet ‘therapy’ is widely accepted as a powerful aid to stimulation and communication. Studies have shown that the presence of companion animals can improve the well-being of children and lower the rate of anxiety, simply by making the environment happier, more enjoyable and less forbidding.
Betty-Boo is a working Labrador, who was born in Northwood one of seven pups. She is already learning fast; she is toilet trained, sleeps through the night and can follow simple commands.
Northwood Primary intend Betty- Boo to be able to hear readers, provide a listening ear for children with concerns, and be an incentive for children’s attendance to improve and help children with their physical stamina by being able to accompany her on long walks. They are sure that she is going to provide a lot of happiness for children and staff alike. They approached the charity ‘Ability Dogs for Young People’ and they are giving free support; advice and training for Betty and her key adults. Pet Doctors have also been given the school a comprehensive puppy care package.
Betty is already well-loved and after spending the first days with Miss Hussey (the Head teacher) she has moved in with the school’s year 6 teacher, his partner and their two year old rescue dog. Betty will be in school every day to work with the children and staff.