Chester, our Reading Dog
We are thrilled to have a ‘Pets as Therapy’ Dog visiting our school on a weekly basis. Chester visits the school with his owner, Mrs Ellis, on a weekly basis and listens to children read. Reading to dogs has been proven to help children develop literacy skills and build confidence, through both the calming effect the dog’s presence has on children as well as the fact that a dog will listen without being judgemental or critical. This comforting environment helps to nurture children’s enthusiasm for reading and provides them with the confidence to read aloud.
Numerous research studies have shown the benefits of having therapy dogs in schools. Some of these benefits include:
Cognitive– companionship with a dog stimulates memory, problem solving and games playing
Social– a dog provides a positive mutual topic for discussion
Emotional– a school dog improves self-esteem, lifts mood and teaches compassion and respect for other living things
Physical– interaction with a dog reduces blood pressure and provides tactile stimulation
Environmental- a dog in school increases the sense of a family environment
Chester has undergone an assessment to become a Pets As Therapy dog so is extremely well-behaved. He has been assessed by a Pets As Therapy Assessor. He is a very loving and gentle creature. Chester is a Cockapoo and is a non-shedding hair breed.
Here are some pictures of Chester listening to some stories: