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Our Dog Mentor
We welcomed Merlin to the Firwood family in September 2022.

Children's relationships to animals can play an important role in their lives. Children frequently draw animals, talk about animals and even dream about animals.

Studies have found that children with companion animals have higher self-esteem, greater empathy, more engagement with peers and other prosocial behaviour.


Research on child-animal bonds shows that it promotes healthy connections in the brain and helps to strengthen intellectual, physical, emotional and creative processes.

The Dog Mentor programme has built upon the benefits of the human-animal bond by providing children positive experiences with dogs that can help them educationally, developmentally, emotionally and socially. 

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