Man's best friend to benefit staff and pupils at local school - The Leamington Observer

Man's best friend to benefit staff and pupils at local school

Laura Kearns 13th Oct, 2019   0

PUPILS and staff at a Leamington school are hoping to benefit from man’s best friend.

Five-month-old Cockapoo Lulu has joined the team at North Leamington School where she is training to become a therapy dog and improve wellbeing.

Staff say benefits of a dog in a school environment include building confidence and self-esteem, improving mental health, supporting those with special educational needs and helping children with their reading.

Lulu will also support counsellors as many pupils find it easier to talk to a dog than a person. Her presence will also teach respectfulness towards living creatures.

When the pup is not at school she will live at the home of a staff member.

A school spokeswoman said: “Original discussions about getting a dog started about three years ago when the benefits were talked about in school.

“Lulu is an absolute delight to have in the school and has settled really well among the staff and students who all look out for her on a daily basis.

“We hope she will become a member of the NLS family, bringing people together, encouraging our happy, calm and respectful environment and is there to support all staff and students.

“We are very excited about the opportunities that Lulu will bring to the school and are pleased with how well our school community has embraced the initiative.”

Follow @lulunorthleam on instagram for updates.

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