Alternative Social Communication CASSIE
Teaching with Dogs

Our Services 

As a qualified teacher I can develop a bespoke educational plan for individual students based on their needs and current level of engagement. The work can be based on Animal First Aid, the 5 Freedoms/welfare needs of animals, basic obedience training or based on the students needs highlighted by the school. 

All children, young people and adults can engage in learning through participating in a combination of educational and therapeutic activities with or alongside dogs such as:

  • Gain access to hands on interaction with trained therapy dogs in your own setting
  • ·Learn responsibility, self-awareness, self-control and respect
  • Increase motivation to learn and boost self-esteem
  • Develop coping strategies to deal with negative behaviours
  • Improve Communication skills and Teamwork skills
  • Develop Confidence
  • Empathy
  • Social inclusion
  • Anger management
  • Improve attendance
  • Increased self-awareness and self confidence
  • Support emotional and behavioural growth
  • Support Social and Emotional Learning
  • Personal self-development and resilience
  • Improved communication skills, along with paired and group skills


Animals are non-judgemental, attentive and perfect listeners; interacting with them can enable a child / adult to develop confidence without realising they are learning. CASSIE involves interactions between humans and dog's where the human learns to read the dog's body language and adapt their behaviours to ensure that the dog's needs are being met. They learn to use the correct tone of voice appropriate to the environment and how to give clear and direct instructions to gain the required response. Learning to read body language will enable them to create a successful bond with the animal, helping them understand relationships and develop better communication skills. Developing a relationship with individual dog's through a range of activities such as grooming, training, walking and observing the dogs’ body language to tell if they are enjoying the activity can help us become more aware of our own mental and physical processes. Learning to pay attention to body language and physical sensations may lead to a better understanding of our thoughts, feelings and behaviours, while also exploring the development of both verbal and non-verbal communication skills in a non-confrontational approach. 

For more information about our services, schedule, and costs, please email