Dogs, it turns out, are great listeners. For struggling readers, the act of reading out loud in front of class or to a teacher can be stressful and frustrating. However, if you make a dog the audience, those concerns seem to melt away.
That concept was the motivation behind the Livermore Public Library’s wildly successful PAWS to Read Program, which gives children the opportunity to read to certified therapy dogs. PAWS to Read, which was modeled after a similar program in Pleasanton, has reached hundreds of kids in the three years since its inception.