Looking for a fantastic grammar school… for your dog? Meet the teachers who’ll bring your pooch into line and make them mind their Ps and Qs
A grammar school for dogs is pledging to whip your pooch into shape with its incredible education programme complete with school reports, parents’ evenings and graduation ceremonies.
The Academy 4 Dogs in Stockport has adopted a school-like structure to make sure adorable doggies learn more than they would at an average ‘comprehensive’ kennel.
Owner Tracy Chapman, 30, believes the system can quell doggy aggression and has pledged to get the dogs she looks after to the top of the class.
At the beginning of every day Tracy rings a bell and her class of dogs run in to the academy ready for registration.
Their timetable includes PE, art and music and Tracy even serenades her charges with tunes from a piano.
The privileged pooches take swimming lessons and have access to hydrotherapy, training and agility classes.
Devoted owners pay £100 pounds a week for their pets to be educated and have the option of an afterschool club if they can’t make it home from work in time to pick up their pooches at the school gates.
For the 80 dogs coming through the doors every day, Tracy and her team of teachers put together school reports, hold parents evenings and even arrange graduation ceremonies at the end of the year.
They ensure that owners have mementos from their dogs’ schooldays including paw print pictures to be proudly displayed on the fridge and a selection of pictures and videos.
Tracy said: “For a lot of people their dog is their child and they want to know that their dog is getting an education as well as the best possible care.
“Parents find their dogs more obedient and responsive once they have come here.
“We focus on interaction with humans as well as other dogs so that when they’re back at home they don’t get distracted and constantly want to play with other pooches.
“The activities they go through during the day stimulate their brains as well as their bodies and so owners know that when they come home they’ve had a perfect well-rounded day.
“If they weren’t learning and getting more than just physical exercise every day they would have behavioural problems in the same way children do.
“I’ve been working with dogs for 15 years and all our staff are trained to a very high standard.
“Just like teachers need to understand child psychology, our teachers are trained in dog signalling and need to be more than just carers.
“It’s a pleasure to know that I’m making such a difference to so many dogs and families.”