Therapy dog 'embarks' on journey to help schoolchildren - The Leamington Observer

Therapy dog 'embarks' on journey to help schoolchildren

Leamington Editorial 20th Nov, 2017   0

A THERAPY dog has ‘embarked’ on a journey to support schoolboys.

Warwick School has enlisted the help of Rosa, a Portuguese Water Dog, to help provide children with comfort and support at difficult times.

School counsellor Meg Harper decided a dog was the next step for the school in supporting its children after she went on an animal assisted therapy training programme.

She said: “Portuguese Water Dogs are a hypoallergenic dog breed renowned for their friendly and happy disposition.

“A dog introduces a calming and welcoming atmosphere, an ‘ice-breaker’. Almost all boys fidget so stroking Rosa and being with her will provide students with warmth and unconditional comfort, encouraging the opportunity to talk through concerns and difficulties. Her presence is also helpful in exploring a range of different issues.

“Rosa is gradually being integrated into the school community as a working trainee therapy dog.”


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