The use of dogs in a school setting is primarily for the benefit of struggling readers. The children having the most difficulty learning to read are usually the ones who will spend time in these extra reading sessions.
Cirra waits patiently on the
deck of the library for her
reading sessions to begin.
In a library setting, anyone who wants to read to the dog is welcome. It doesn’t matter whether they are a beginning reader or a very good reader.
Gentle petting and a calm collie
help relax a child who's not too comfortable
around such a large dog.
Look for libraries and public schools in your area and talk to the staff members who have successfully incorporated the use of therapy pets in their reading programs. If there’s not one in your area, be the first!