Doggy pals helping Offwell pupils learn the value of friendship

PUBLISHED: 17:00 03 January 2018 | UPDATED: 09:12 08 January 2018

Therapy dogs Lottie and Ruby.

Therapy dogs Lottie and Ruby.

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Ruby and Lottie interact with children who may struggle to control their emotions, form lasting friendships and cope with academic work.

A pair of canine pals have been visiting pupils at Offwell Primary School as part of weekly pet therapy sessions.

Ruby and Lottie interact with children who may struggle to control their emotions, form lasting friendships and cope with academic work.

Research shows that children and adults can gain considerable confidence and ease of mind from interactions with animals.

The main benefits come in the areas of cognitive, emotional, physical and environmental.

Anne Billington, headteacher at Offwell, said: “Ruby and Lottie don’t think about those things at all.

“They just love being with the children, listening to them read, taking them for walks and just being a gentle and non-challenging friend.”

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