Lab work: Spanish school adds therapy dog classes to curriculum
Barcelona, Spain, May 2 (EFE).- A school in Barcelona has become the first in Spain to offer classes with therapy dogs as part of its curriculum in a bid to prevent bullying and teach pupils about respect.
Students at the Leon XIII school socialize with their four-legged classmates once a week, and while the sessions revolve around games and having fun, they also serve as a lesson on tolerance and self-esteem, Anabel Valera, a director of teaching, said Monday.
“The labels that the pupils might have in a classroom disappear when they are with the dogs, which brings out the sensitive side in all of them,” she added. EFE