Helping children learn to read and love to read.

 
Tip o' the Tail!
Tips and tricks for wagging tails and smiling faces.  

Reading and dogs go together.

Chapter 1 ... let's get started!

Today’s Tip:


The Tip o’ the Tail is a collection of ideas to help make reading to dogs the best experience it can be. Offered in random order, they are intended to show some of the situations that may arise and ways reading to dogs has been incorporated into classrooms, libraries, and bookstores. For some days, I'm sharing special interactions and events that have occurred in various R.E.A.D.® programs. There are also a few simple training tips that may be helpful. I’ve used many of these ideas with Sunny, the collie above, and I hope they will be useful in your programs.

If you have an idea you’d like to share about an activity that has worked especially well with the children and your therapy dog, feel free to describe it to me in an e-mail. Your suggestion may show up on this page sometime soon. ~Gloria Laube

When children are having fun in an activity, they're likely to get more involved, pay closer attention, learn in more detail, and experience amazing results due to their efforts. Reading is no different. Children who enjoy reading are likely to read more often, attempt more difficult reading levels, talk about their books, and learn something about a wide variety of subjects.

Relaxing with a good book.

Nothing better than relaxing with a good story.

Reading to a dog is also an excellent way to relax. Children realize their furry friend will not criticize them if they stumble over a new word. They know they won't be judged if they don't understand the meaning of a word and that the dog won't laugh at them if they are reading quite slowly. When children relax and stop worrying, they can read better and don't mind practicing more. The more they read, the better they become at reading. Therapy dogs, especially those in Reading Education Assistance Dog® teams, can help children learn to read, and love to read.

 

 
 
 
   

WHY LET THE DOGS IN?

WHERE ARE THE DOGS?

THE MORE YOU KNOW...

TIP O' THE TAIL

THEIR TAILS WAG FOREVER

JUST FOR FUN

LIBRARY DOGS PHOTO ALBUM

SPEAK!

WAGGING TAILS BOOKSTORE