The combining of children and dogs often leads to cute and heartwarming stories.
And that is the case with this story. I read a story today about how school children go to a local shelter and will practice their reading skills to shy, lonely dogs. It is an amazing program helps both human and canine. You can find this Program from the Humane Society of Missouri. There they introduce children to dogs who are less likely to be adopted because of their shyness towards people. By reading to them, according to the Program, you can start warming a dog’s heart and they will come out of their hiding spot to interact.
Since a child’s voice, when reading, can often be soothing and full of vocal fluctuations, this allows the shy dog to adapt to different tones and pitches in other’s voices. Now there is a wonderful trick being done when the children read. See, when a dog comes out of hiding and starts to approach the child who is reading, that child will throw the dog a treat. That way the emerging behavior is being rewarded by the children to the dog.
The Program allows children ages 6-15 to sign up and then attend a 10-hour class. That class shows the children how best to read to a dog. It also shows how to recognize a dog who might be nervous or stressed and how to react properly. This way the children can seek out those types of dogs to read to. Hyper dogs who are nearby to hear the reading will often start to calm down to match the child’s calm voice. This was an unexpected benefit to the program.
The results show the benefits to dogs in helping them be less stressed or anxious.
And the dogs are not the only ones to benefit from the Program. The children not only increase their reading skills but they also naturally learn empathy for dogs in distress. Reading in the shelter can provide a quiet and peaceful place for children. It is reported that the Humane Society of Missouri is considering expanding the Program to other shelters around the State.
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