DHK Puppies in Training 2015

Isla - Black Labrador
DHK Puppy in Training - Sheffield

Isla lives at home with Tina and I and enjoys nothing more than blasting around the Peak District hills and woods followed by some training. She has a special friend, "Hunter," a German Shepherd, Who belongs to our dog walker.

I loved the look of the work DHK do in schools and was impressed with just how proffessional and thorough the training and assessment is. I think if a dog is going to be working in a school environment, then it is important for the right dog to get the correct training.

Our school hopes that when Isla is fully trained, she will be able to listen to children reading in small groups or one to one. She already has a growing fan club who love to come and say 'hi' and tickle her belly!

Isla is training to become an Attending School Dog.

Isla has passed DHK Training Asssessments One, Two and Three. Isla also passed the Welfare and Environment Assesment in July 2017.

Isla is in training at Owlerbrook Primary School in Sheffield.


Maeve - Labrador x Border Collie
DHK Puppy in Training - Exeter

Maeve is a Collie X Labrador, born on Dartmoor in September 2015.

I work as the Rural Skills Project Manager at a Special School in Devon, where we provide outdoor learning opportunities for young people (3-19yrs) with severe or profound learning difficulties. Many also have complex physical, sensory or behavioural additional needs. We focus on really hands on activities such as woodwork, pottery, outdoor cooking - over the fire or in the cob oven, bush-craft skills, horticulture and animal therapy.

Prior to Maeve's arrival we had mice, guinea pigs, rabbits, chickens, ferrets, goats and sheep living on site so, from outset, Maeve has been surrounded by creatures and people to get to know and make friends with.

Despite her age and breed, she is remarkably calm (most of the time!) and seems to take it all in her stride. She has been attending at the school on a daily basis but in terms of curriculum and working, she is in the background as we lay the foundations for what I hope will be a long and fruitful career.

After a recommendation from a member of staff at another special school in Devon, things have fallen into place brilliantly with getting on board with DHK and we have completed the puppy training day the advanced training day, passed the entry test, and now undertaking the School Dog Training Programme.

Maeve is training to become an Attending School Dog.

Maeve has passed DHK Training Asssessments One and Two.

Maeve is in training at Ellen Tinkham Special School in Exeter


Lucy - Chocolate Labrador
DHK Puppy in Training - Bicton, Devon

Lucy is a beautiful chocolate lab, who was born in June 2015 and came to live with us in the summer of 2015. We began general puppy training with her and soon decided that we'd like to train her as a therapy dog, and when we found Dogs Helping Kids and learned about their impact on children and young people, we knew that we wanted to work with them. I (Sarah) work at Mill Water School, a special school for children aged 3-19 with severe and profound learning difficulties, so we are hoping that Lucy will really be able to help the pupils there in a variety of ways according to their needs. Lucy has been spending time at Mill Water over the past few months and we are looking forward to all that's in store as we progress through the DHK assessments.

Lucy is training to become an Attending School Dog.

Lucy passed the DHK Entry Test in November 2016

Lucy is in training at Mill Water School in Bicton.


Winter - Sprocker
DHK Puppy in Training - Hereford

Winter is a Sprocker Spaniel born on 25th September 2015. She came from a family environment with lots of interaction with children from day one.

I am the headteacher in a two-form entry primary school in Hereford. At our school, we have seen the wonderfully positive effects that occur when children have opportunities to work with and around animals. We wanted to take this further. Having just welcomed Winter into my own family, I began to explore the possibilities of her working in school to support children's learning and well being.

Google steered me to DHK and Tracey and I began e-mailing to see whether it might be possible to train Winter as an Attending School Dog.

Things have moved quickly and Winter has just begun training at St Paul's CE Primary School; she is currently working behind the scenes, beginning to see the school environment as a home-from home. She has been coming into school with me since December (2015), and has begun to settle into the routine of spending time in school. She has begun to meet children and staff and really enjoys her daily walks and meeting people.

We have just completed our first puppy training day with Tracey and are looking forward to the next stage of the programme.

Winter is in training to become an Attending School Dog

Winter passed the DHK Entry Test in October 2016

Winter is in training at St Paul's CE Primary School, Hereford


Lulu - Labrador
DHK Puppy in Training - Plymouth

Lulu is a much loved black Labrador puppy. She was born in August 2015 in Somerset. Lulu will be an Attending School Dog at Courtlands Special School in Plymouth, Devon where I am the Safeguarding Officer. Lulu is very clever and quick to learn - it does help that she loves food! The children adore having her in school and are learning how to approach and stroke her properly.
I am very excited about working with DHK and being part of a valuable charity. As a school we believe in a holistic approach to support our children and Lulu will hopefully become part of that once she is old enough (and passed the rigorous assessments!).

Lulu is training to become an Attending School Dog

Lulu passed the DHK Entry Test in November 2016

Lulu is in training at Courtlands Special School in Plymouth


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