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Pickle - Dog mentor


My name is Pickle and I am the Bilton C of E Junior School Dog Mentor.  I am a Miniature Dachshund and live with Mrs Smith (Home School Support Worker) and her family.  I am new to the school but have passed my Dog Mentor Programme assessment with flying colours.  Mrs Smith and Mrs Ross (Head of School) have received training to be my handlers in school.  My role as school dog will be challenging and varied, but I feel that I am more than up to the task.  I love being around people and making them happy. Numerous research studies have shown the benefits of dogs in schools and evidence indicates that areas of potential benefits include:





  • Cognitive development – companionship with a dog stimulates memory, problem-solving, game-playing and can improve reading skills.
  • Emotional development – a school dog improves self-esteem, acceptance from others and lifts mood, often provoking laughter and fun. Dogs can also teach compassion and respect for other living things as well as relieving anxiety.
  • Physical development – interaction with a pet reduces blood pressure, provides tactile stimulation, assists with pain management, gives motivation to move, walk and stimulates the senses.
  • Environmental benefits – a dog in a school contributes towards the creation of home style environment, with all of the above benefits continuing long after the school day is over.
  • Social benefits – a dog provides a positive mutual topic for discussion, encourages responsibility, wellbeing, developing social skills and focused interaction with others.


But what will my role as dog mentor at Bilton C of E Junior School entail during school hours?

I will have an interesting and ever-changing job. At the moment I am learning how to greet people and where and when I can play. I am spending a lot of time in Mrs Smith’s office and with Mrs Ross whilst I am introduced to school life slowly. Over time, I will work as a Dog Mentor and will follow planned sessions with individual children or small groups of children as needed.  I am also very excited about hearing children read.  Sometimes, I may join a class for a lesson or two if it will enrich the experience in some way.


I plan on keeping my section of the website up-to-date with comments and photographs documenting my time in school.  If you have any further questions regarding my role within the school please contact Mrs Smith or Mrs Ross via the school office.


Please see the link to The Dog Mentor website



Approaching The Dog Mentor - Pickle

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FAQ's - Dogs in School

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