Read with your furry friend

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Beginning and slow readers, especially children, sometimes lack confidence and motivation when reading aloud. There may be laughs when they mispronounce a word or constantly being corrected. This can create a lack of reading enjoyment as it’s now a struggle and embarrassment. A one-on-one personal reader can then help the struggling reader.

Dogs don’t care if you hesitate, mispronounce, slur, or pause while reading aloud. Dogs don’t judge, criticize, humiliate, or correct mistakes. They don’t care about your age, gender, size, or clothing.

Dogs do enjoy treats, snuggles, walks, positive praise, and attention. Give a dog a friendly pat and a rub behind the ears and you may have just found a new friend. Sit beside your new ‘personal reader’ as you slowly read aloud with an occasional rub. Dogs give your full attention while you read with no laughs or critiques. Hopefully, this new ‘personal reader’ will help the reader gain confidence and develop stronger reading habits.

Many schools and libraries have read to your dog programs that foster a positive reading environment. So go ahead, curl up beside your furry friend and read a new book. Of course, make sure the reader understands to give the dog space and that the dog is friendly.

The photos are my own dog, George, who loves attention and snuggles.

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3 thoughts on “Read with your furry friend

    suitablefish said:
    August 8, 2011 at 1:28 pm

    Reading with a furry dog friend is such a great idea. I teach writing to children and young adults and I think a furry friend may even be a help with shy writers. Thanks for the post. And thanks for visiting my blog and “liking” the Teton views.

    Great site.

      Caroline responded:
      August 9, 2011 at 9:22 am

      Thanks for your comment and glad you liked the post with reading with dogs. I’m still new to this.

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