Welcome Hugo

Welcome to Hugo, Heriot’s new full time ‘Pets as Therapy’ Dog.

Hugo is a 7 year old Miniature Schnauzer and is a fully trained therapy dog. He will be on campus each week, helping the Guidance Team and offering support to pupils throughout the school.

Therapy dogs have been active in schools for some time now with many volunteers and teachers witnessing the effects therapy dogs have on students. One of our teaching staff, Mrs Wise, is Hugo’s owner and is delighted that the pupils will be benefiting from his presence around campus.

There are numerous benefits of having a therapy dog in the classroom and in School:

  • Physical benefits: Interaction with therapy dogs has been shown to reduce blood pressure as well as provide physical stimulation.
  • Social benefits: When a PAT dog visits it promotes greater self-esteem and focused interaction with other students.
  • Cognitive benefits: Therapy dogs can help improve memory and problem-solving skills
  • Emotional and mental health benefits: A Therapy dog can lift moods in the classroom, often provoking laughter and more verbal communication between students.

(Information taken from Pets as Therapy UK Charity)

Hugo can be seen around campus, wearing his bespoke Heriot’s jacket, collar and lead – make sure to say hello if you see him around.

Welcome to the Heriot’s family, Hugo!