How dogs are helping children to read
How can a dog help a child to read? It may seem an odd idea. Dogs themselves obviously can't read but they can provide a non-judgemental and fun audience for a young child. Experience shows that whenever dogs go in to schools to act as a listening ear to children, reading levels have gone up.
The Kennel Club help to promote this idea through their Bark and Read scheme and provide funding for three organisations of volunteers who deliver it. Caroline Kisko from The Kennel Club gives us her perspective and volunteer Anthony Nevett, with his dog, Danny, from Reading Education Assistance Dogs (READ) gives us his.
From the footage of Danny's calming presence we can see how he might help a young child to be more confident and actor Anthony Head seems to be enjoying being read to every bit as much as Danny.
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