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/
If there is a local organization in your area that you can recommend, please let us know by emailing us at [email protected]. The following website might be helpful in locating an organization in your area: http://www.therapydoginfo.net/groups.html.
Gabriel’s Angels: http://www.gabrielsangels.org/
Tails of Joy: http://www.tailsofjoy.org/
Unchained NY: http://www.unchainednewyork.org/
Rockbridge Dog Rescue: http://www.rockbridgedogrescue.org/