Clarborough Primary School

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School Dog

Jeske (Jes) is our School Dog. She is 3 years old and has taken part in the School Dog training programme, with the former charity: Dogs Helping Kids.

She completed five assessments with the charity before it closed its doors at the end of August 2020, as well as passing basic and advanced puppy training with them. This training programme tested her suitability to assist children through assessments of increasing difficulty. In addition to this, she has undertaken training classes with an APDT trainer since being a puppy.  Jes and her handler are now supported by a Canine Consultant who was the former Director of Welfare for the charity and are members of the elite Canines Supporting Children group

Jes has been taught many cues by our School Bursar (her handler & owner) and has learnt how to walk with a loose lead, how to respond reliably to recall cues, how to settle despite distractions and also how to respond to a cue to instantly go down even if being called/enticed away from her handler. She is also being taught to actively listen to children reading to her and most recently is being taught to read a few words herself!

In addition to training Jes, our Bursar also runs an education programme devised by the charity called ‘Learn To Speak Dog'. This teaches the children how to interpret dog body language, as well as how to behave around dogs. The objective of this programme is dog bite prevention as well as responsible dog ownership.

Further information about Jes can be found on her blog:

The cost of Jes’s training is funded by corporate sponsorship from Gentle Dog Food. Gentle believe that dogs deserve food that’s as close to their natural diet as possible. They use the very best, freshest ingredients, with their simple rule being: that if we wouldn’t eat it ourselves then it doesn’t go in. Their food is cold pressed, rather than being cooked at high temperatures. Their food is free from gluten, artificial flavourings, artificial colouring, preservatives, gm products and animal experimentation.