Charity Statements

DHK School Dog Teams outside the Barnstaple Library in 2012 Gail introducing local teenagers to some of her fabulous labradoodle puppies in 2010 Trainee School Dogs and their owners after a group training session 2011   Courtesy of the North Devon Journal DHK Fund Raising Event 2012  
Courtesy of the North Devon Journal

Dogs Helping Kids primary aim is to educate, help and support children and teenagers of all ages, backgrounds, sexes and abilities. This is achieved by training carefully selected dogs to an incredibly high standard to work in the school, college and library environment as both educational and therapeutic aids.

The impact our School Dogs have on children and teenagers in the educational environment is amazing and life changing. Academic research has shown that dogs working and helping in the school environment can achieve the following:-

1) Improve academic achievement
2) Increase literacy skills
3) Calm behaviour down
4) Increase social skills and self esteem
5) Increase confidence
6) Teach responsibility and respect to all life
7) Help prevent truancy
8) Motivate children who are often not that attentive


Mission Statement

Dogs Helping Kids is dedicated to using highly trained dogs to help teach children non-violence, empathy, respect, kindness, love, responsibility, friendship and trust.

Vision Statement

To have a dog working and helping in every school and every library in the United Kingdom.

Charity Objects  (as they appear on the Charity Commission website)

To advance education and development of children and young people in England and Wales by providing and assisting in the provision of appropriately trained dogs as a means to help them:
A) To learn respect, empathy, responsibility and non-violence;
B) With behavioural and other problems or illnesses they may have.

Further Aims of D.H.K.

Promote the positive role that dogs have and deserve in today’s society especially with regard to the ways in which dogs can both enhance children’s lives and help children.

Promote the effectiveness and uniqueness of the child-dog bond and the tremendous impact this can have on the individual child.

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©DHK Dogs Helping Kids, Registered Charity

Callanish, Eastacombe, Tawstock, Barnstaple,
North Devon, EX31 3NX