Meet Maisie! Introducing our school’s new Trainee Therapy dog
We are delighted to introduce you all to the latest addition to the Pilgrims family, our new therapy dog Maisie. Here, Mrs Morales, our Pastoral & SEND Co-Ordinator, and mum to Maisie, explains what the children can expect from our four-legged friend.
At Pilgrims we believe that the well-being of our pupils is just as important as their education.
So, we are all delighted to have Maisie join our school community as she begins her training to become a fully qualified Therapy Dog.
At eight months old, Maisie is nearing the end of her training with a specialist canine behaviourist from Pets as Therapists and will soon become an integral part of school life. Maisie will support children within our Pastoral and SEND department. She has already fallen in love with the school and enjoys listening to the children read – when she’s not napping in my office!
Jake, our school dog, has been very patient with Maisie, teaching her a few tricks and showing her where we hide the treats! We know that they will become the best of friends, working together to offer support to whoever may need their help.
Why do we need therapy dogs?
Not only do therapy dogs build heart-warming relationships with the children, they also help teach empathy, interpersonal and social skills. Therapy dogs are also a soothing presence that can help build confidence, wellbeing and self-esteem while combatting anxiety and low motivation. And Jake has already shown us all the benefits of having a dog on-site.
We can’t wait for the children to meet Maisie around school and for them to enjoy the wonderful company and friendship she will bring.
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