Hazel, Our School Dog

All About Hazel

Hazel is our school dog. She spends her most of her time in the classroom Mrs Jago teaches in, but does visit other classes for short sessions throughout the week (as well as working with individual children).

Hazel will be used to provide therapy and listen to children read.  Extensive research has proven that working with a dog, improves children’s social skills and self-esteem.

Following our work and sessions with The Dogs Trust, we also use Hazel to educate children about how to approach, act around and train dogs. There is no better place to educate our children on how to treat animals than that of the school environment.

Animals in schools can encourage children to respect all life, teach responsibility, motivate those children who are often not that attentive, help calm children down and improve academic achievement.

Hazel has a full risk-assessment to be in school. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us. 

Facts about Hazel:

  • She is joined our school when she was very young to get used to our environment as early as possible
  • Hazel turned 1 years old in June 2022
  • She is a Yorkipoo mixed breed (Toy Poodle and Yorkshire Terrier)
  • She travels to and from school with Mrs Jago
  • She is playful, loyal and loving with lots to learn and plenty of caring children and staff to teach her
Benefits from a School Dog:
  • A greater enjoyment of being in the school environment.
  • Improved behaviour, social interaction and sense of responsibility in the classroom.
  • More effective therapy sessions.
  • Increased knowledge of dogs and how to behave safely and appropriately around them.
  • They gain a better understanding of how to take responsibility for another living being.