School Assistance Dogs

Enhancing the lives, learning and emotional wellbeing of young people through specialist canine support”

Canine-Assisted Lerning provides animal-assisted interventions, activities and support to both educational and private environments.

 Our highly trained assistance dogs and animal assisted intervention practitioners have a wealth of experience working with young people in mainstream schools along with complex additional needs and challenging behaviour schools. We take pride in the professional, unique service we offer and aim to be the leaders in Animal Assisted Interventions in schools in the UK. Our dedicated, intuitive and professional teams can help to: 

  • Improve emotional wellbeing
  • Reduce anxiety and stress
  • Positively impact social skills
  • Aid attainment in literacy
  • Provide a calming influence in the classroom
  • Boost self-esteem and confidence
  • Teach responsibility and respect
  • Increase motivation and attendance
  • Improve behaviour and emotional regulation

 We offer our services to all educational environments and are proud to be working in state, independent and special educational needs schools as well as colleges and Universities.

In 2004, a national survey found that 1 in 10 children had a diagnosed mental health disorder. In the 2017 national survey, this has risen to 1 in 9 children (NHS Digital, 2017). This is just the children who have a diagnosis, but the pressure on mental health services means that fewer children are being assessed and ‘diagnosed’; we all know from experience that far more are struggling. Therefore, it is increasingly important, and our passion, that we endeavour to make schools more mentally healthy.

 We are proud to be able to say that we achieve consistent positive results with the young people we work with.  Read further for examples of our interventions here.

“Canine Assisted Learning are a professional and experienced company who fit  effortlessly into our school team. They work well with a range of students and show knowledge, skills and understanding of supporting complex needs and disabilities, particularly for those students with a diagnosis of ASD and associated behaviours. Their child-centred and holistic approach means that each student session is individualised to their specific needs and interests. They are capable of building meaningful relationships with the students in a relatively short period of time and make evidenced progress in literacy. Reluctant readers who access Canine Assisted Learning are now thriving readers relative to their ability and are proud to demonstrate their reading skills across a range of contexts (e.g. paired sessions, groups, whole class) Canine Assisted Learning will be a positive and successful addition to any school or company”

Ali Hillard - The Link Secondary School

 For schools looking to have their own school dog please take a look at the CAL affiliate programme. 

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In 2004, a national survey found that 1 in 10 children had a diagnosed mental health disorder. In the 2017 national survey, this has risen to 1 in 9 children (NHS Digital, 2017). This is just the children who have a diagnosis, but the pressure on mental health services means that fewer children are being assessed and ‘diagnosed’; we all know from experience that far more are struggling. Therefore, it is increasingly important, and our passion, that we endeavour to make schools more mentally healthy.

School pupil with a CAL dog - www.canineassistedlearning.com

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“A child who is exposed to the emotional experiences inherent in playing with a pet is given many learning opportunities that are essential to wholesome personality development. His play with the pet will express his view of the world, its animals, and its human beings, including his parents and peers.”

Boris Levinson

Get in touch with us to find out more

Call us on 07515 565 504