Therapy dog to help Portishead children

PUBLISHED: 13:00 02 August 2019

Jackie Hardie (left) with the puppy, which children have been voting to name.

Jackie Hardie (left) with the puppy, which children have been voting to name.

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Children at a Portishead nursery will soon be joined by a puppy, with hopes of aiding emotional development.

The Nursery, in Combe Road, will become home to a therapy dog to boost little ones' learning.

The five-week-old labradoodle pup is undergoing specialist therapy dog training and will meet the pupils once she has completed the course.

In the meantime, children have been tasked with naming the dog.

Jackie Hardie, owner of The Nursery, believes the puppy will play a big role in children's development.

She said: "Making a close connection with a dog can provide many benefits for children. Studies show that dogs are especially helpful to children when it comes to making emotional connections.

"Children who struggle to relate to their peers or unfamiliar adults can often forge a special relationship with a dog."


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