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We are Pretzel and Frank and we are the Coopers Edge School Dog Mentors. Pretzel is a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, who lives with Mrs Folker,  and Frank is a pug who lives with Ms Bourne. We both have passed our Dog Mentor Programme assessment with flying colours.  Mrs Folker, Miss Snowdon and Ms Bourne have both received training to be my handlers in school.  Our role as school dog will be challenging and varied, but we feel that we am more than up to the task.  We 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.



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