Sarah Sheldrick works through the police with dogs in schools, but they're not police dogs, nor is she just dealing with dog related subjects such as personal safety around strange dogs and responsible dog ownership.
Sarah has found that she can use the dogs as a way to get the attention of youngsters and, once she has it, can then go on to look at topics such as stranger danger, bullying, cyber bullying and phobias, and for young adults, even very difficult topics like drugs, weapons, antisocial behaviour and date rape.
In fact, it has been discovered that many children and young adults can find it easier to talk to and share concerns with a dog than with people. One of our other videos looks at the Reading with Dogs
in schools scheme.
Sarah's dogs have a facebook page and some youngsters have revealed concerns on this that they would not have the confidence to share with a person but once it's revealed, they can access much needed help.
This video shows Sarah's two dogs 'in action' and Sarah explains what to do if you are thinking about working with your own dogs in this way.