DHK Awards

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Dogs Helping Kids has worked with and helped so many amazing children and teenagers over the years. We thought it fitting to create an annual award to honour those young people who have worked hard with our School Dogs and whose lives have been positively changed.

The Sally Ansell Award

This award is in honour of a ground breaking, North Devon dog trainer, Sally Ansell. She was Tracey’s (DHK Founder) dog training mentor, and dog training business partner, for over 15 years. Sally sadly passed away in 2014 but her love of dogs and her passion for kind positive clicker training will never be forgotten. In honour of Sally, this award will be given to the child or teenager who has made either leaps and bounds in reading to a DHK School Dog, or, who has learnt, and loved, training with a DHK School Dog; and as such has developed a real passion for learning more about dogs.

The Laya Award

In honour of Princess Laya, the charity’s first School Dog, who will always be remembered as the dog who could put a smile on the saddest of faces, a second award has been created. Laya was happily by Tracey’s side for over 14 years and for 10 years, she worked with Tracey with the most challenging of teenagers and helped set up the education programmes. Laya loved nothing more than working with and helping children and teenagers, and if it were not for Laya, this charity would not be where it is today – her legacy lives on in all of the School Dogs. In honour of Laya, this award will be given to the child or teenager who has been touched by a DHK School Dog and whose future has been enhanced and changed forever.

Please select one of the awards below to see the winners:

The Sally Ansell Award

The Laya Award

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