Do you or your children read to your dog?
I ask this because studies have found that children who have trouble reading tend to improve after spending time reading to a dog. They’re often more relaxed around them, and don’t feel embarrassed if they make a mistake (dogs are just happy to hear a good story and don’t mind mistakes!)
The R.E.A.D. program (Reading Education Assistance Dogs) is one of the many programs that offers access to friendly, story-loving dogs.
According to one article I read, one little girl loved that her furry audience “usually licked me when I was stuck on a word. I think he wanted to give me encouragement to figure out that word.”
A boy said of his dog: “He does look at the story book, and he smiles a lot.”
Another stated that his canine friend understood the story “and he liked it.”
All this has me thinking:
I often read passages of novels and lines of poetry aloud.
Perhaps my dog, Baffi, has been listening more closely than I realized.