Dogs In School
The Austen Academy has two dogs that visit the school regularly.
Milo is a 10-year-old Cockapoo and is a very gentle soul. He loves being stroked and has a very calming way with the students. He also has non shedding hair.
Rusa is a 2-year-old working cocker spaniel and is lively but very gentle. She comes in 2 or 3 times a week as she is still young and learning to be in school. Both dogs have had character assessment from a dog professional.
We believe that having dogs in school have the following benefits:
The dogs spend most of the time in Ms Cooper’s office where they have beds and have a feeling of security. They also go out and about in the school building and grounds visiting students and have students visiting them.
Parents are asked to complete a permission form to allow their children to participate in activities with the dogs.
Read this piece in the Basingstoke Gazette about the benefit of therapy dogs at our school: Therapy dogs bring joy to staff and students at The Austen Academy | Basingstoke Gazette