Comments from Teaching Staff


Teazel and Gail Laurence - Certified DHK School Dog Team

"I just wanted to say a huge thank you to Gail and Teazel for all the time and effort put into our weekly sessions at Southmead School. The children and I are always so excited to see you and nag me all week to check if and when you are coming, or are they still in your groups. You don't get to really see the difference you make with the kids. If you could see some of them in class you would be suprised and yet they come to your sessions and fully engage and love it. For me to see its great. 'Teazel time' to some of the kids is the only thing they look forward too. You really don't realise the impact you have on them."

Jane Shannon - Teaching Assistant, Southmead Primary School, Braunton, North Devon

 


Willow and Jacqui Harrison - Certified DHK School Dog Team

"I have noticed how Willow's presence at school not only helps the children she works with, but promotes a sense of pride and compassion within all of the children. Their ethos towards animals and people is one that is both kind and caring and one which will stay with them."

Melissa Floyd, Class Teacher, Fremington Primary School, North Devon

 


Willow and Jacqui Harrison - Certified DHK School Dog Team

"Child M has benefited greatly from the time she has spent with Willow. She is a quiet child who works very hard but faces challenges, particularly with her literacy skills. She is a very kind, caring child by nature, but had been lacking in confidence both in her reading and also in her everyday life. It meant the world to her to have been chosen to do something really special and she started to really look forward to Fridays as she knew she would be reading with Willow. It has had a very positive effect on her self-esteem."

Class Teacher, Fremington Primary School, North Devon

 


Willow and Jacqui Harrison - Certified DHK School Dog Team

"It was a very positive experience for Child C as it made her feel special. She felt like she was able to achieve something due to Willow being so responsive. It was lovely to see her happy and excited about an activity, and gain so much from a single experience."

Class Teacher, Fremington Primary School, North Devon

 


Willow and Jacqui Harrison - Certified DHK School Dog Team

"Child A has really enjoyed her time with Willow and Jacqui. Her confidence has improved greatly and she always looks forward to her sessions. Before spending time with them she would not speak to other adults and would become very withdrawn needing someone she trusted with her at all times. Now her confidence has improved and she is willing to involve herself in wider conversations and participates more in class, finding more confidence to have a go at answering questions. I hope that this year she will blossom in her guided reading groups. We are very proud of how far she has come!"

Class Teacher, Fremington Primary School

 


Team DHK

"When Tracey came to speak with me about DHK, I was intrigued. The training seemed intensive, the project, although developed over many years, was new. This was an idea from Jane, a teaching assistant at my school, who had read all about the wonderful programme in place to train dogs for children. I asked Jane to find out more. When I met Tracey and her lovely dog, Princess Laya, her passion and expertise made a very positive impression. As we learnt more and Tracey came into school to meet with children and parents, I knew we would feel privileged to be the first school to have DHK on our development plan. What an impact! We have seen such a positive, excited, warm response from children. Teazel and Gail volunteer to come in once a week. They boost confidence, bring smiles, teach skills, touch hearts and we love them. I couldn't be more pleased and sure that we have taken the right decision. Jane has taken a lead in organising the visits and it was a very proud moment for us all to appear on the news recently with confidence and pride. Teazel is a great member of staff and enjoys her role. We love her! Thank you Tracey. Keep up the good work!"

Mrs Gill Gillett - Headteacher, Southmead Primary School, Braunton, North Devon

 


Teazel and Gail Laurence - Certified DHK School Dog Team

"Gail is a breath of fresh air and we all look forward to Teazel's visits. She makes the world of difference to many of our children. Keep up the excellent work Tracey."

Mrs Gill Gillett - Headteacher, Southmead Primary School, Braunton, North Devon

 


Wynona with Ruth Martyn - Certified DHK School Dog Team

"Having a DHK School Dog has been an exciting and rewarding experience for the children at our school. Wynona has been helping to motivate children who have poor attendance and punctuality to arrive at school on time. The children really look forward to engaging with Wynona - helping to train her, groom her, and walk her. She is a positive incentive as they know that if they improve their attendance they will have this experience that other children may not have. There have been benefits for other children too. Some of the children have had upsetting incidents with dogs that they have encountered in the past and having Wynona and her handler Ruth in school has enabled them to have positive 'managed' experiences that help heal wounds and develop trust in dogs again."

Doug Campbell - Deputy Head, Forches-Cross Primary School, Barnstaple, North Devon

 


Teazel and Gail Laurence - Certified DHK School Dog Team

"Would like to say a huge thank you to Gail and Teazel for making my Tuesdays so wonderful. The children and I really look forward to your visits. Your time and dedication much appreciated. Thank you again from all of us at Southmead primary school. Also good luck for the coming exciting adventure."

Jane Shannon - Teaching Assistant, Southmead Primary School, Braunton, North Devon

 


'Paws for a Book' scheme - Barnstaple Library

"I am the SENCO at Swimbridge CE Primary School and a pupil of ours has been reading to a dog in the summer. His mother has been impressed by the difference this has made to him and we have seen a real difference at school, particularly with regard to his self esteem and enthusiasm for reading. This scheme seems to give children back a sense of control, success and fun as opposed to being a battle ground, reinforcing a sense of failure and this is essential for children to engage in, progress and enjoy reading. If there is ever an opportunity for you to visit our school with your dogs, I would welcome this. We are currntly involved in the 'Devon Dyslexia Inclusion Award' and looking at how to enable those children who struggle with (or dislike) reading to access the curriculum and your input would tie in perfectly and I hope promote the profile of your work across Devon."

Naomi Jefferies, Swimbridge CE Primary School

 

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