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Winnie-The Dog Mentor

Gender: Female

Breed: Working Cocker Spaniel 

Date of Birth: 28.6.2019

Meaning of Winnie:  Fair one, smooth, soft, happiness, or fair and pure. 

Winnie picture

A message from Winnie:

Hello, my name is Winnie and I work at Dallam. I am part of Miss Pickavance's family and can normally be found in the year 6 classroom.  I am very good at making everyone feel welcome at Dallam and helping children to feel calm and reassured. I really enjoy visiting children in classes and like it when they help to care for me and walk me around the school grounds. I especially like it when I am given one of my special doggy treats! My favourite thing in school is listening to stories and singing. 

Why can a school dog be beneficial?

• Cognitive development – companionship with a dog stimulates memory, problem-solving, game-playing and can improve reading skills.

• Emotional development – a school dog improves self-esteem, acceptance from others and lifts mood, often provoking laughter and fun. Dogs can also teach compassion and respect for other living things as well as relieving anxiety.

• Physical development – interaction with a pet reduces blood pressure, provides tactile stimulation, assists with pain management, gives motivation to move, walk and stimulates the senses.

• Environmental benefits – a dog in a school contributes towards the creation of home style environment, with all of the above benefits continuing long after the school day is over.

• Social benefits – a dog provides a positive mutual topic for discussion, encourages responsibility, wellbeing, developing social skills and focused interaction with others.

Winnie's Rules:

  • Always ask an adult if you want to stroke me.
  • Approach me in a calm way; I don’t like loud noises.
  • Please don’t eat around me.
  • Wash your hands once you have touched me.
  • Make sure you don’t drop things on the floor as I might get hurt.
  • Please don’t disturb me when I am sleeping.

Winnie’s certificate


Visit from Dog’s Trust

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A day in the life of a Dog Mentor:

A day in the life of a Dog Mentor .mp4

Winnie's life outside of Dallam Primary School:

1674391162 (1).mp4

Pictures of Winnie in school:


Winnie promoting the school values


Winnie enjoying playtime


Winnie playing in the toy car

Fun in Cherry Class


Winnie in her school uniform

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