Posted by on Aug 5th 2016
Dogs have spent years helping people in many ways. They can calm a veteran suffering from post traumatic stress, help the visually impaired move freely without assistance, comfort a college student stressed over an important exam, or offer peace of mind to a hospital patient awaiting a scary test. These same canines have also served in our military, in our fire departments and stood beside police officers in the line of duty.
For more than a decade, studies have shown that the psychological benefit of a pet is profound. More recently, dogs have come to the aid of humans again, and this time with their love of literature. That’s right; the non-judgmental quality of a dog is now assisting children to learn to read, easing the pressure and embarrassment of those that struggle. The opportunity to read out loud to a dog offers the children the chance to give it 100% and ”… boost their desire and ability to read.” says the Tufts University in Boston. The dogs make reading a fun and pleasant experience for kids whom might otherwise find it to cause anxiety.
Dogs are good listeners and are patient to wait as a child takes the time to learn a new word and become comfortable reading it and saying it out loud. Reading doesn’t always come easy for children and can certainly not be viewed as fun, but when a dog is introduced it changes the dynamic for the child and makes them want to read. The dog offers a safe environment and unconditional love. They will not laugh if the child makes a mistake or judge them for being behind their peers. Dogs are the perfect tool to gain and encourage literacy and in turn, improve overall learning.
Can you guess what breed of dog is number one in America? No, it’s not the golden retriever. While they are gentle and cute, they’re not number one. Sorry, it’s not the beagle, nor the poodle. RIGHT, the Labrador retriever is America’s favorite pooch by a three-to-one margin. Now [...]
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