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    Reading to Dogs Helps Children Learn to Read

    Struggling to learn how to read, kids turn to furry friends for help.

    Research suggests that dogs can help children learn to read. In 2010, researchers from University of California Davis Veterinary Medicine Extension collaborated with Tony LaRussa’s Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF) to implement and evaluate ARF’s All Ears Reading Program with schools. The study showed that young students who read out loud to dogs improved their reading skills by 12 percent over the course of a 10-week program.

    Prior to the study, the students described reading out loud as making them feel “clumsy, self-conscious and uncomfortable.” However, after introducing the presence of a dog, the students expressed more positive feelings such as “happiness” and “safety.” Students felt more relaxed and confident when reading to a dog and associated the experience with fun.

    So, if your child feels reading is a difficult task, encourage him or her to read to the family dog for 30 minutes. It might be just what is needed to boost confidence in their reading skills. 

    Source: University of California Davis Study.


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