Harper is our School Wellbeing Dog
We have recently made the difficult decision to retire Harper as our school wellbeing dog. Through our work with Dogs Connect and trialling different approaches to best support Harper’s anxious behaviour, it was determined Harper’s personality was not suited to continue as a wellbeing dog. Harper will continue to reside with our staff members, as a pet. Although this was a tough decision for us, we know this is the right decision for Harper. We thank you for your understanding and support during this time.
The story of Harper
In 2022, Harvest Home Primary School in partnership with the Dogs Connect program introduced a wellbeing dog. The school community nominated potential names for our dog; Harper was the winning name due to sharing the same first sounds as the name of our school.
Harper is a Groodle (golden retriever x poodle) meaning she is intelligent, sensitive and energetic. Her black curly coat is non-shedding and hypoallergenic.
Wellbeing dog - intended outcomes for our students:
At the end of 2022, HHPS applied and received accreditation with Dogs Connect, meaning that our school has: