Badminton Junior School’s latest member of the community is Monty, a black miniature Labradoodle; a breed well known for being child-friendly, calm and gentle natured, as well as highly intelligent.
Specially trained dogs, like Monty, are frequently used to provide love, comfort and companionship to people in hospitals, retirement homes, schools, and also to people with learning difficulties. Dogs can in addition help to release calming endorphins and improve tactile stimulation.
Emma Davies, Head of the Junior School at Badminton, commented, “We are a small school and pride ourselves on our close-knit, family-like community; the girls and staff are thrilled to welcome Monty to the fold, perfectly completing our family unit. As well as being a lovely companion for the girls, he has encouraged communication, developed the girls’ confidence and provided a calming influence, further adding to and improving the wellbeing of all those in his presence. He regularly joins the Little Acorns for Forest School and the girls love taking him for walks during their breaks.”