Dogs Help Children Get Excited about Reading

Dogs may not know how to read, but they definitely can inspire others to pick up a book. A team...

Dogs may not know how to read, but they definitely can inspire others to pick up a book.

 

A team from the American Kennel Club recently participated in Meredith College’s Literacy Day at the campus in Raleigh, NC. About 60 children from four elementary schools visited the campus on April 30 for a day of activities that promoted reading.

 

The AKC staff members from the Community Events Team brought well-mannered dogs, and the students practiced reading to the canines. The students met a Border Collie, Bouvier des Flandres and a Siberian Husky.

 

Children who have difficulty reading often read better to dogs because dogs do not judge them so the children do not feel self-conscious. There are many programs around the country that involve volunteers taking therapy dogs into schools and libraries so children can practice their reading skills with their canine friends.