Dogs Helping Kids (or D.H.K.) is a unique registered charity with its head quarters in North Devon. We are dedicated to training carefully selected dogs, known as ‘School Dogs’, to help teach children and teenagers non-violence, empathy, respect, kindness, love, responsibility, friendship and trust. These are achieved by our DHK School Dogs working in the school, college and library environments as both educational and therapeutic aids.
The impact our DHK School Dogs have on children and teenagers in the educational environment is amazing, and can change and enhance lives forever. Our DHK School Dogs have achieved the following:-
• Helped increase academic achievements
• Increased literacy skills and levels
• Helped to calm behaviour down
• Increased social skills and self esteem
• Increased confidence
• Taught responsibility and respect to all life
• Helped prevent truancy and helped with absenteeism
• Motivated children who are not that attentive
The DHK School Dog Training Programme takes approximately two years to complete and each dog and owner ‘team’ has to pass six increasingly difficult assessments to achieve certification with the charity. Once officially certified each DHK School Dog is annually assessed in their place of work.
Each Certified DHK School Dog wears a special orange harness and coat, a special lead, a personalised collar and their owner carries identification of their School Dog on them at all times.
It is the charities long term vision to have a DHK School Dog working and helping in every school, college and library in the United Kingdom.