We are very excited about the arrival of our very own School Assistance Dog, Kona!
She is an apricot and white Cavapoochon, a wonderful cross breed (Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Poodle and Bichon Frise) renowned for being affectionate, friendly and loyal companions and family pets due to their calm nature and love of children. They are very intelligent and easy to train, and Kona began the process of becoming an educational assistance dog when she was eight weeks old.
When at School, Kona is considered a ‘working dog’ rather than a pet, and the hope is that she will become an integral part of our school community, as she has been at Mrs McCabe-Arnold’s previous post.
Our school dog’s role will be varied and continually evolving. She will spend much of her time in the Head’s office where she will happily meet with girls, staff or parents. At various points during the day, she will work with groups of children either outside or in the classroom, and in some lessons, she will sit and ‘listen’ to children read. During many lessons, however, she will be doing what dogs do best and sleep!
At nearly four years old, Kona is fully accustomed to the busy coming and going of school life. She receives ongoing training from an animal behaviourist, which will continue as she joins Surbiton High Girls’ Prep.
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