SGPS Wellbeing Dog

Benefits of a Welfare Dog 

  • Physical – interaction with a furry friend reduces blood pressure, provides tactile stimulation, assists with pain management, gives the motivation to move, walk and stimulates the senses
  • Social – a visit with a dog provides a positive mutual topic for discussion, promotes greater self-esteem and well-being, and focused interaction with others
  • Cognitive – Canine companionship stimulates memory, problem-solving and game playing
  • Emotional – an adorable four-legged visitor improves self-esteem, acceptance from others, calming effect, lifts mood often provoking laughter
  • Environmental – a dog in a facility decreases the feeling of a sterile environment, lifts the mood and this continues after a visit (Source: Delta Society Therapy Dogs)

Introducing Digby

  • Loved family pet of Mrs Jan Alexander (SGPS 3/4)
  • Four-year-old Cavoodle 
  • Temperament is friendly, affectionate, playful, eager to please and intelligent
  • Regular vet health screenings, physical assessments, vaccinations and parasite controls
  • Regularly groomed – coat clipped and nails trimmed
  • An accredited Delta Society Therapy Dog.

Digby at SGPS

  • In our junior school, Digby aims to motivate, encourage and improve the capabilities of students with reading difficulties.
  • Reading aloud to a ‘reading dog’ as a ‘non-judgemental’ audience has shown to give students extra confidence and motivation, especially those who struggle with reading.
  • A bond is encouraged between the children and Digby by having the same children read to the same dog each week.
  • Digby regularly listens to selected Prep students
  • Digby provides dog therapy to the whole school community by accompanying Mrs Alexander on yard duty, visiting classrooms, supporting any student if they need some extra ‘tender loving care’ and staff love to pat him too!