Abbeywood Community School

Abbeywood's School Dogs

Many studies have shown that a school dog can have a very positive effect on students and there are many examples of how a dog can support a school community, including: encouraging students to attend school; helping students to cope with examination stress; helping to foster a sense of responsibility; improving reading confidence by having students read to them and generally bringing a warmth to the school which makes the place feel happier. Through contact with a dog, children can benefit educationally and emotionally, and develop empathy and nurturing skills. Animals in school have been shown to reduce anxiety, promote positive behaviour, increase social skills and build confidence and self-esteem. 


Jake, one of our school dogs, is retiring at the end of this academic year.  He has thoroughly enjoyed working as a school dog and loved supporting the students, and staff.  He would love to say a big WOOF (Thank you) to everyone he has worked with; all of the people who say Hello to him every time they see him, the students who take him out for walks and play ball with him and those who feed him treats!


Please note, the school has carried out a full risk assessment and will ensure that all staff and students are briefed fully before the dogs start being introduced to students. 

You may also wish to watch the BBC report which showcases the benefits of having school dogs:          

Meet Murphy..... our newest school dog!

I’m Murphy.  I am a three year-old fox red Labrador. I live with Mr Bendry and his family.

I am really calm, very chilled and really relaxed with young people – I have two little humans at home!

I started at Abbeywood at the beginning of January and am really happy coming to school, although it is very tiring and I am usually exhausted by the time I get home.  To be honest, I’m usually tired by lunchtime.  I am taking the first few days to just get used to the new noises, smells and routines.  I’m not used to working!!

I am really looking forward to helping different students with some of the things they struggle with on a day-to-day basis. It’s going to be so much fun – I really want to become a reading dog and help some of the Y7s with their reading.

I have loved meeting all the staff and students at Abbeywood, they are so friendly and I get loads of attention.  It was nice to welcome the students to school last week when they came in for their testing.  It is always nice to get outside in the morning and at break to see the students and staff too. They seem to like seeing me – which is nice.

I’m really looking forward to meeting Bonnie and Jake soon too!

Bye for now..... Woof!




Click here for Frequently Asked Questions

Our Assessment 5 October 2020

 Our Blogs 

Bonnie's Blog - 20 January 2022

Murphy's Diaries - Part 1

Some photos of Jake's visit to school on 8 November 2021

Jake's Blog - 15 October 2021

Jake's Summer Holiday Blog 3 September 2021

Bonnie's Summer Holiday Blog 2 September 2021

Bonnie's Blog 12 May 2021

Jake's 7th Birthday & Blog 25 February 2021

Bonnie & Jake in school during Lockdown - February 2021

Bonnie & Jake's Christmas Blog 17 December 2020

Jake's Blog from 25 November 2020

Jake's day - 11 November 2020

Bonnie's first day back after the holiday - 10 November 2020

Jake's first day back after the holiday - 4 November 2020

Jake's blog 7 October 2020

Bonnie's School day

First day at work

You can't teach old dogs new tricks.... it turns out you can! Read more......

Welcome to our Dog Blog!