Last week at the NOAH pet event we were amazed by the fabulous school dog Teazel. She’s a 4 year old Labradoodle working for the charity ‘Dogs Helping Kids‘ at a primary school in Barnstaple, north Devon – taking on all four roles that the charity’s school dogs are trained in
- Classroom canine – these dogs will chill out in the classroom whilst the children are having their lesson helping to motivate and encourage
- Listening canine – these dogs help children on a one-to one basis providing unconditional acceptance and a sense of comfort and love
- Reward canine – these dogs spend time playing with and teaching children about training, grooming and similar activities, whilst helping a child’s social skills and self esteem
- Therapy canine – these dogs work on a one-to one basis with children who have been bullied, abused and have emotional issues, or are even scared of dogs
So dogs help children to read – and there’s an interesting article in today’s London Evening Standard that says not only can dogs help kids to read – but reading to your dog can help calm their nerves too. Read all about how reading helped ‘Wilbur the Wonderhound’ become less woeful! Let us know what you’d choose to read to your dog.
Image via alicejamieson on Flickr