SGPS Wellbeing Dog

Benefits of Wellbeing Dogs 

  • 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 – 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 (3/4 Staley/Alexander & Literacy Intervention)
  • Five-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 2017, Digby first started coming to SGPS as our Junior School Reading Dog. The aim was 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 for those who struggle with reading.
  • A special bond across the whole school was made with Digby and this year he is the Grade 3/4 Wellbeing Dog. He will be in 3/4 Staley/Alexander of a Thursday but will 'hang out' with all the 3/4s in their building. 
  • Digby also provides pet wellbeing 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! 🙂