Arlo - Our School Dog

As a staff during previous lockdowns, we struggled with a variety of different emotions and spent lots of time thinking of ways that we too could feel better, when challenged.

We spoke to our Governors and then to all the parents whether having a school dog would help.

Arlo joined our school, he is a Cockapoo (he's hypoallegenic-this means that he is less likely to trigger any allergic reactions.) 

Just like all of our new children, it took him a little while to fit in. We spent the first couple of weeks showing him around the school site - it's amazing how much there is to see.

Arlo especially likes visiting the school office first thing in the morning and snoozing in Mrs Bird's office which is his quiet space too.

There is much evidence that children who struggle with relationships or with managing their own emotions gain a great deal from spending time with a pet.

Arlo has a variety of jobs around the school now which range from whole class visits, working with individuals, giving purpose and structure to the start of the day for anxious pupils, 1:1 for emotional needs, an incentive to write/read and being part of the learning family.

There are many benefits to having a school dog, including:

  • a calming effect on pupils, particularly those with behavioural or learning difficulties
  • improved behaviour and concentration, reduced stress and improved self-esteem
  • encouraging expression and participation in more withdrawn children 
  • fostering a sense of responsibility
  • motivating pupils to think and to learn, as most children have a high level of natural interest in, enthusiasm for and enjoyment of animals
  • encouraging respect and thereby improving pupils’ relationships with each other, parents and teachers
  • teaching children to nurture and respect life
  • helping work undertaken with the most vulnerable children, and educational improvements with low achievers
  • helping children build confidence in reading.

Let us know if you would like Arlo to work with your child or if your child has any worries around dogs by contacting us by email or by ClassDojo.