Meet Digger: Nature Den’s therapy dog in training!
It has become increasingly common for schools to bring in Therapy Dogs, to provide comfort and support to pupils.
Research suggests that dogs like Digger can reduce stress and provide emotional support for the school community.
Digger currently attends Great Ponton Primary school where he is a vital member of the team.
For some children, the classroom can be a stressful and overwhelming environment presenting peer pressure and social challenges. Digger provides comfort and support to
those who need it.
Digger supports children with additional needs by simply ‘being there’. A child may not speak or want to engage in compulsive behaviour, but Digger is by their side, ready to engage.
Research also suggests that autistic children are more social when playing with therapy dogs like Digger as opposed to toys, which can allow them to feel more at ease and open to social behaviour with other children.
Digger is able to engage with pupils intermittently throughout the school day for 10-15 minute activities which includes reading, pastoral interventions and walks around the school field.