School Dog

Jeske is our trainee Educational Assistance Dog. She is just over a year old and is getting ready to sit an entry test with the charity ‘Dogs Helping Kids’. If she passes this test, then she will enter into their two year training programme, with the hope of then becoming certified to work with children in our school.

At the moment Jeske doesn’t interact with the children. They have learnt to ignore her, which has helped her to be calm in school and to feel completely at home here.

Meanwhile Jeske has been taught many cues by Miss Spencer, (her handler), has learnt a reliable recall, how to stay in one spot despite distractions and can also respond to a cue to instantly go down even if being called/enticed away from Miss Spencer.

If Jeske passes the entry test, she then be able to begin her training to interact with the children in school. This will only ever a small number of children and will always have Jeske’s welfare as a priority.

Miss Spencer will also begin to teach the children how to ‘Speak Dog’, by reading body language and to talk about the care and behaviour of humans towards animals.

Should Jeske successfully complete the two year training programme, then she will have learnt how to listen to children read, be able to read simple cue cards herself and be comfortable chilling out with children in a classroom.

Jeske’s training is sponsored by local vets: Pinfold House Veterinary Clinic in Misterton. This is a RCVS accredited practice who provide brilliant customer service and care to pets of all shapes and sizes.