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Reading Therapy Dogs

Many schools and libraries offer programs that allow children to read to dogs. Children who have difficulties reading may be self-conscious when reading aloud in front of others; however, a dog is a non-judgmental listener. Reading to a dog provides a relaxed atmosphere, which allows participants to practice reading skills. It also builds self-esteem and confidence and provides an environment for children to connect reading with a positive association. The presence of a dog provides an opportunity for struggling readers to develop skills and discover the fun of reading.

National Reading Therapy Dog Organizations

Pet Partners (formerly Delta Society): http://www.petpartners.org/

Therapy Dogs International: http://www.tdi-dog.org/

R.E.A.D.: http://www.therapyanimals.org/R.E.A.D.html

Local Organizations

If there is a local organization in your area that you can recommend, please let us know by emailing us at info@muttigrees.org. The following website might be helpful in locating an organization in your area: http://www.therapydoginfo.net/groups.html.

Arizona
Gabriel’s Angels: http://www.gabrielsangels.org/

Connecticut
Tails of Joy: http://www.tailsofjoy.org/

New York
Unchained NY: http://www.unchainednewyork.org/

Virginia
Rockbridge Dog Rescue: http://www.rockbridgedogrescue.org/

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