School Dog

All about our School Dog Crosby

Crosby is our school dog. He is a cross labrador and spaniel and has been at Loddon Primary Federation Infant Site every Friday since May 2024. We spent the first couple of weeks showing him around the Infant School site – it’s amazing how much there is to see. Crosby especially likes snoozing in Mr Collins’ office.

Crosby likes to work with children who have special needs, or who are upset in any way and in need of calm, comfort and space before being able to tell an adult what has upset them. 

Crosby spend his days in Mr Collins’ office and children from across the school come to read to him and at lunchtime he loves going onto the field and having his ball thrown for him to fetch. Sometimes he will even help us out by looking after anyone who is feeling a bit sad – a little stroke and a look into those big brown eyes is enough to make anyone feel happy again.

There are many benefits to having a school dog, including:

  • a calming effect on pupils, particularly those with behavioural or learning difficulties
  • improved behaviour and concentration, reduced stress and improved self-esteem
  • encouraging expression and participation in more withdrawn children 
  • fostering a sense of responsibility
  • motivating pupils to think and to learn, as most children have a high level of natural interest in, enthusiasm for and enjoyment of animals
  • encouraging respect and thereby improving pupils’ relationships with each other, parents and teachers
  • teaching children to nurture and respect life
  • helping work undertaken with the most vulnerable children, and educational improvements with low achievers
  • helping children build confidence in reading.