Knowle West Children’s Centre now has its very own therapy dog. Jake is a two-year-old Cocker Spaniel and was trained as a hearing dog for the deaf. He failed his final assessment because he liked chasing pigeons too much and Hearing Dogs for the Deaf were looking for a place to re-home him. They knew that he was a calm and social dog and a Children’s Centre would be the perfect place.
Jake has been socialised so he is used to children of all ages as well as other pets and strangers. We have created a risk assessment for him and asked practitioners to be particularly aware of children who are wary of dogs or allergic to them. Jake is used to working with nervous children and is very patient and still when around them.
Jake already has a timetable and works with children who need one to one support and goes for walks with children. He has already been booked in to visit the Inn’s Court Centre, as well as other Children’s Centres and nurseries as part of his outreach work. Contact Matt at Knowle West Children’s Centre if your organisation would like to make use of a therapy dog or you want to find out more: 0117 903 0214.
By Matt Caldwell