Merlin, Our School Dog

Meet Merlin, Mr Crouch's 4-year-old Australian Shepard. Merlin comes to school a few days a week and the students love seeing him in the classroom and the schoolyard. Merlin has been coming to Kananook ever since he was a puppy!

Dogs offer unconditional love and support. They do not judge. They are known to lower blood pressure and anxiety, giving children the ability to talk.

They give permission for children to just be themselves.

Merlin is a therapy dog qualified through K9 Support. 

K9 Support Therapy dogs become a unique part of helping with:

  • Empathy
  • Kindness towards others
  • Reading
  • Responsibility
  • Control
  • Lowering of instances of anger
  • Lowering anxiety
  • Meltdowns
  • Communication
  • And much more


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