ABOUT DOGS FOR DEVELOPMENT
Our key aims for the children and young people taking part are to improve behaviour and their social interaction skills, whilst enhancing educational engagement. Also to enhance interaction within the local community, by tackling social isolation, low self-esteem and depression.
At Dogs for Development, we are trained professionals who facilitate canine assisted therapy sessions, encouraging dogs and pupils to work and play together, to build a relationship based on mutual respect and trust.
"The dogs were a sheer delight and did so much to alleviate the social isolation my son faces everyday, thank you for everything." - Michelle (Parent of autistic student)
"Can I just say that Yr 9 loved the dog training. Hannah thinks she has superpowers and is an expert now!!! They loved it!! - thank you so much." - Year 9 Teacher (Market Field School)
“For a child who can't even sit still on the carpet at school, has so much difficulty in concentrating as everything distracts him, it was really heartwarming to see him totally engrossed and focused on what he was doing”. – Nell (Parent of autistic student)
"We are so grateful for the opportunities that you have given the two groups of children you have worked with at Great Clacton. The feedback from every one of the children has been fantastic." - Tara (SENCO, Gt Clacton School)
“The dogs help motivate me to fight through recovery and help people, to make sure they know that life is worth living.” – Georgia Eagle