Super Dogs for Children

School boy petting dogWe work with children in the Merseyside region through a school programme know as Bark n Read, the Super Dogs on the programme are particularly therapeutic for children.

Reading to therapy dogs has been proven to help children develop literacy skills and build confidence, through both the calming effect the dogs’ presence has on children and the fact that the dog will listen to the children read without being judgemental or critical. This comforting environment helps to nurture children’s enthusiasm for reading and provides them with the confidence needed to read aloud.

School children petting dogWhen dogs are in a room of children trying to read they become less stressed, less self-conscious and more confident because dogs are non-judgemental. If children are partnered with a dog to read to, the dog provides comfort, encourages positive social behaviour, enhances self-esteem, motivates speech and inspires children to have fun and enjoy the experience of reading.

Our Superdogs currently visit two schools in Merseyside; improving the literacy and confidence of over 300 pupils. Head Teacher, Denise said,

“this is a valuable scheme, especially for children who don’t engage with mainstream teaching. The children will show good discipline in order to be able to see visiting dogs.”