Dogs in School Programs


Story Dogs is a fun and unique reading support program that improves children’s reading and communication skills by children reading to a trained companion dog and its handler.
The Story Dog program is primarily designed for students in Years 2-6 who have reading challenges, however, students may be chosen by the classroom teacher to participate in the program as a reward or as an alternative reading activity.

Selected students will spend approximately 20 minutes with the Story Dog Team once a fortnight reading books which are appropriate to their reading level. During the session, ‘Dutch’ the dog will be on his lead at all times and the handler, Mick, will be with Dutch and the students at all times. Although Dutch is immaculately groomed, fully wormed with flea protection, children with allergies are recommended not to be involved with the program.

The program will be run on Thursdays from 11am-1pm.  

The Examiner did an article on Dutch and our Story Dog Program.  Please see attached article dated 10 June 2021.


LeBron Thornton from B4 looks forward to seeing Dutch every week and reading to him.Dutch loves resting and listening to LeBron read. Well done LeBron on your continued learning!


Layla Pearce from C1 is enjoying her reading time with Dutch each week. From the picture, you can see they have formed a special bond. Layla, Dutch looks super happy to see you!


Jace Watterson from B1 is participating in Story Dogs with Dutch and his owner Mick. Jace is enjoying reading to Dutch and becoming a confident reader. This is a fantastic photo Jace!