We understand that animals, including dogs are not liked by all children and that some children are actually allergic to dogs.If your child has any allergies to dogs or is afraid of dogs, please let the school know so we can assist with ensuring a positive experience for your child. If your child is scared of dogs, please make sure their teacher is aware so we introduce them to Axe slowly at their pace. Before meeting Axe, students are reminded of the need to be calm and quiet around him, to approach him from the front without running and to ask for a pat before reaching out. Axe is on his lead at all times and remains with Ms Gray as his handler. Axe wears his green Therapy Dog vest when on duty.
Although Axe is well trained, we do ask that other dogs are not brought into the school grounds during school times unless they are Assistant dogs of some kind and are wearing their vests. Dogs can cause other dogs to become unsettled. We also discuss with children the importance of never approaching an unknown dog, they should always ask the owner prior to patting their dog. At times we welcome other trained Therapy Dogs into the school who are known to us.
If you have any questions at all, please don’t hesitate to ask.