Charity Statements and Achievements

Dogs Helping Kids works in all schools and colleges across the country including mainstream schools, behavioural schools, special need schools, further education colleges, preparatory schools, grammar schools and very small specialised schools. The primary aim of Dogs Helping Kids is to educate, help and support children and teenagers of all ages, backgrounds, sexes and abilities. This is achieved by training very carefully selected dogs known as DHK School Dogs to an incredibly high standard to work in the school, college and library environment as both educational and therapeutic aids.

The impact our DHK School Dogs have on children and teenagers in the educational environment is amazing and life changing. Every day across the country our DHK School Dogs are working with and helping children and teenagers. The following is being achieved :-

1) Improved academic achievement
2) Increase in literacy skills
3) Calm behaviour down
4) Increase in social skills and self esteem
5) Increased confidence
6) Teaching responsibility and respect to all life
7) Helping to prevent truancy and absenteeism
8) Motivating children who are often not that attentive within
    classroom environments


Mission Statement

Dogs Helping Kids is dedicated to using highly trained dogs to help teach children non-violence, empathy, respect, kindness, love, responsibility, friendship and trust.

Vision Statement

To have a dog working and helping in every school and every college in the United Kingdom.

Charity Objects  (as they appear on the Charity Commission website)

To advance education and development of children and young people in England and Wales by providing and assisting in the provision of appropriately trained dogs as a means to help them:
A) To learn respect, empathy, responsibility and non-violence;
B) With behavioural and other problems or illnesses they may have.

Further Aims of D.H.K.

Promote the positive role that dogs have and deserve in today’s society especially with regard to the ways in which dogs can both enhance children’s lives and help children.

Promote the effectiveness and uniqueness of the child-dog bond and the tremendous impact this can have on the individual child.

Dogs Helping Kids Achievements

DHK has had many achievements over the years both at a national level and a local level. At a local level (Devon) we have been on ITV's Westcountry News, appeared on local radio (The Voice and Radio Devon) and had many features in the local newspaper, The Journal. We have gained national recognition by appearing in newspapers such as The Times and The Telegraph and been in national dog magazines such as Dogs Today, Your Dogs, and Dogs Monthly. 

In 2013 we were filmed for Australian TV and appeared on their number one watched show, 'Anh Doh', and in 2014 we featured in two BBC programmes, Sports Relief 'Top Dog' and the acclaimed series 'Animal Saints and Sinners', which featured the story of Liam and his DHK Support School Dog Charlie. In 2016 we appeared on ITV's 'This Morning' show and we had a feature on CBS News in North America.

In 2012 we were given the very high honour of being invited to attend an event celebrating Animals and People, organised by N.O.A.H. at the House of Commons in London, and we were the only charity in the South West chosen to do so. At the event we were able to showcase our charity and everything that we have achieved to both MPs & the media. In 2014 we were included in a national photographic exhibition in London called The Pawtraits Exhibition and from this we were also featured in a beautiful book of the same name.

Dogs Helping Kids is incredibly proud to be a member of the Animal Welfare Education Alliance and also a full member of Animal Assisted Intervention International (AAII), a worldwide academic organisation that was created in 2013 in the field of Animal Assisted Therapy.

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