Nonjudgmental Greyhounds Listen To Children Read

Danny, a greyhound, has an important job at Oakhill primary school in Tamworth, Staffordshire. He trained for five months to become a "listening" dog. As a representative of the  Reading Education Assistance Dogs (READ) program he listens to children read. He is a registered therapy dog who helps children improve their literacy skills by listening nonjudgmentally to students. The program has been found to improve the confidence and self esteem of young readers.

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Because my grandson was reading far below the level needed for him to pass first grade, he took time each morning to read to his dogs, a lab and a boxer. The dogs loved the attention and my grandson's reading ability improved dramatically. Four years later, my grandson is performing well above the grade average but, every morning, he takes time to talk to his dogs.
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