Library Reader Dogs
While children read aloud to them. The programs have been around for several years, but they are growing in scope and being recognized in new places as the program grows. Lily, my first golden, and Jessie, her companion later, were reader dogs. Buddy would love this job, but since I travel so much, and need to be at the nursing home, with him, when I am home, we'd have trouble being reliable. The program, as simple as it is, works. Why? Dogs lower blood pressure and relieve anxiety. They offer companionship and are nonjudgemental, they don't laugh at mistakes or interrupt to correct. Does all that matter? Apparently, as the results are happily shared by librarians, parents, reading tutors, and children themselves. Does your public library, or school library have a reader dog in place? If you'd like to start one, go to the TDI, Therapy Dog International, website, and learn more. This is a literacy program that costs nothing, and has been proven to increase reading proficiency and READING ENJOYMENT for children. What could be better than that?