Having THIS Will Help Your Child Read Better

You May Already Have One.....Or Two!

December 4, 2019
Kids Reading

Wicker and Wilde think this is a great reason to get a DOG!  

While your cat insists on parking its tush on all your important papers, your dog might be HELPING the people in your home read.  Specifically, your kids . . .

Researchers have found that children tend to read more, and be more engrossed in what they're reading, when a DOG is in the room.

They had a bunch of 8- and 9-year-olds sit and read books out loud.  First without a dog, and then with a therapy dog in the room with them.

And with the dog there, they got through more pages . . . felt more interested in what they were reading . . . and were more likely to want to KEEP reading.

The researchers intentionally chose books that were slightly above each kid's reading level, just to see how quickly they'd get frustrated.  And, having a dog there with them, made them try harder and stick with it.

This is not the first time researchers have looked into this idea. Previous studies have had similar results so it might be that having a dog around just keeps kids calm.

Either way, it's more evidence that having a dog could be beneficial for your kids, especially if they've had a hard time with their reading skills. 

If you can't have a dog, maybe look into reading programs at various shelters where kids get to read TO the animals.  

Kids Reading

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