Reading Goes to the Dogs

R.E.A.D DogsWhat’s your dog’s favorite book? If your dog loves to read or be read to, then your dog should be a R.E.A.D. The Reading Education Assistance Dogs (R.E.A.D.) program improves children’s reading and communication skills by reading to a registered therapy dog. Hundreds of R.E.A.D dogs and their owners volunteer in schools, libraries and other settings to be reading companions. One such reading companion, Berklee Cotler, a 14-year-old English Bulldog/boxer mix, is helping children who have difficulty reading or are reluctant to read out aloud. Berklee and other reading dogs keep children calm and relaxed, makes reading fun for them, and boosts their confidence. Do you think dogs like reading Spot books?

One Response to “Reading Goes to the Dogs”

  1. julie says:

    As part of his duties doing pet therapy work with children suffering from severe disruptive behaviour problems, Cookie would be read to at the end of a 1-hour session to wind down. The kids often experienced cognitive problems. After a year, the girl Cookie worked with improved her reading proficiency greatly. Cookie liked any book that featured dogs!


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