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Dr Patricia Pendry; objective evidence to support canine assisted interventions in universities

Dr Patricia Pendry; objective evidence to support canine assisted interventions in universities

Written by Lisa Pygott

According to research from Washington State University, scientists found that stress among students really can be reduced with specialist canine interaction.
The study of more than 300 undergraduates found that students felt ‘relaxed and accepted’ during the hour long ‘soothing’ sessions.

This […]

Fighting the mental health crisis

The Duke of Cambridge has released an incredibly powerful statement about mental health today

“Just like physical health we all have mental health. Every one of us will face setbacks in our lives. And every one of us will face challenges with our mental health as a result. The consequences of this silence, confusion, stigma […]

“Wouldn’t it be sad if a Labrador spent its entire life trying to be a Jack Russell”

“Wouldn’t it be sad if a Labrador spent its entire life trying to be a Jack Russell”
Written by CAL Therapist Katy Pey
Working with young people with eating disorders, body dysmorphia and low self-esteem has shown us just how critical we can be about the body we live in. What we often don’t think about […]

The CAL School Dog Affiliate programme – A professional training programme for your school!

Canine Assisted Learning is at the forefront of animal assisted interventions in schools in the UK, providing  a bespoke training package for the dog and handler. This professional training package covers all aspects of having a dog in school including initial preparations and set up, how to implement effective interventions, all health and safety and legal considerations, training around understanding the dogs body language and behaviour and ensuring the dogs emotional wellbeing and welfare is at the forefront of programme.

The programme involves a full day course at the school followed by ongoing support and training, visiting the school each term ensuring good practice and additional training. CAL helps to create a progressive timetable carefully balancing the dogs workload with rest periods and emotional wellbeing, this continues for the duration of time the dog is working in school.

The work that CAL undertakes continually sees the huge benefits of correctly trained, assessed and regulated dogs in schools; these incredible benefits are shown both academically and emotionally.

If you would like further information on how the affiliate programme can work in your school please contact […]

Autism is a funny thing

Autism is a funny thing. -written by Nici Maxwell

People say things like : ‘ it’s a spectrum’, ‘everyone is a little bit autistic’ and ‘I didn’t realise autistic people could do that’. I’ve always been drawn to people that are a bit different and I guess that means I have more friends ‘on the […]

The medias conflicting message about dogs in school.

There has been a great amount in the news this week from articles stating “all schools should have a dog” to “Do not use dogs in schools” What we need to think about is the correct and safe way to have dogs in schools. Canine Assisted Learning are working with schools providing ongoing in […]

Should every school have a “dog as stress buster”?

There has been an incredible amount of interest in dogs in schools following the below and other similar articles discussing the benefits of ‘well-being dogs’ in schools.

Sir Anthony Seldon has recently stated at a conference about the need to improve young people’s sense of wellbeing that “Every school should have a dog or another […]

The mental health crisis in universities

The mental health of university students is a growing concern, levels of mental illness, mental distress and low wellbeing among students in higher education in the UK are increasing, and are high relative to other sections of the population.(1)

Students can be faced with overwhelming pressures financially and socially whilst at the same time trying […]

A day in the life of Bramble….a Canine Assisted Learning dog.

Bramble had a very exciting day yesterday, he travelled to Gillingham Football Club School to meet and work with the students there. The school is based inside the stadium of the football club offering the students a fantastic facility to study in.

Considering Brambles favourite thing is the world is to play ball he was […]

The Momo challenge – The tools to battle online threats

The Momo challenge – The tools to battle online threats

Written by James Plumer

It is a concerning time when as a practitioner in schools you come across the latest online challenge currently doing the rounds called the Momo Challenge. The sudden panic that can ensue can be troubling in

itself to suddenly think your own children […]