"There are many little ways to enlarge your child's world.
Love of books is the best of all."
~ Jacqueline Kennedy

Why Let the Dogs In?
Explore the idea of using trained therapy dogs in libraries and classrooms.  

This girl is showing the golden retriever a book she will read.

This child gets excited about reading
with a therapy dog.

This child shows the golden retriever pictures in her book.

She comes to each reading session saying,
"I know Maggie is going to love
the book I selected today!"

Therapy dogs help students de-stress at college exam time. Therapy dogs like Jasper can help students
relax and bring welcome relief
from stressful college exams.

Dogs are now being used in many school and library settings to help motivate youngsters to read. The use of trained therapy dogs in reading programs can result in children who feel comfortable reading out loud, read more often, attempt more difficult books, and actually look forward to reading. As they improve their literacy skills, they’re not just learning how to read, they’re learning to love to read!

In 2006 several dogs and their handlers in a suburban Minnesota town participated in a pilot project called PAWSitive Readers. After reading to the dogs just once a week for seven weeks, 10 of the 14 children improved their reading scores at least one grade level. Three of the others were learning English, while another was already reading at grade level. This is just one of many examples of the benefits of programs encouraging children to read aloud to therapy animals.

It's not just the youngest readers who benefit from a gentle therapy dog. Many college campuses welcome therapy dogs to help students "shed the stress" of final exams. Indiana University students can book time in "Rent-a-Puppy" day with puppies from a local animal shelter. Harvard Medical School and Yale Law School both have resident therapy dogs in their libraries.

 

 

 
 
 

WHY LET THE DOGS IN?

WHERE ARE THE DOGS?

THE MORE YOU KNOW...

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After reading to the local library dog, children might find it fun to read to their own pets at home. The following books could be good to start with.

Click on any title to read a brief description of the book as well as convenient ordering information.