School’s dog becomes pupil therapist

Selkie is now an honorary member of staff at Bickley Park School, helping those who suffer with a fear of dogs

A head teacher’s pet has taken on a new role as ‘the pupil whisperer’ at Bickley Park School.

Selkie, a four-and-a-half-year-old Labrador, has become an honorary member of staff and is now helping those who suffer with cynophobia (fear of dogs). For Alex, lessons at a centre that introduced dogs to those with cynophobia have allowed him to meet and stroke Selkie with success.

“Research has shown that stroking animals has a positive effect on mood, and can help relax and soothe people. Selkie is a very calm, good-natured dog who is happy to take on the role of pupil therapist,” said Patrick Wenham, Head Teacher at Bickley Park School.