CHILDREN READING TO DOGS = R.E.A.D.(Reading Education Assistance Dogs)(Videos and Links)

The Senate, in honor of the 10th anniversary of the R.E.A.D. program, designates November 14, 2009, as ‘National Reading Education Assistance Dogs Day’.

Reading Assistant Therapy Dogs (Videos and Links)

The videos below demonstrate how successful and widespread  R.E.A.D.(Reading Education Assistance Dogs) has become.    

R.E.A.D.(Reading Education Assistance Dogs) was launched by  Intermountain Therapy Animals, a nonprofit organization, in 1999 as the first comprehensive literacy program built around the idea of reading to dogs, and the program has been spreading ever since! Currently, there are hundreds of registered R.E.A.D. teams working throughout the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, Israel, India, Japan and Singapore.

According to the National Assessment of Education Progress, children who don’t read for fun have much lower scores than children who do.  Children reading to dogs provides a fun, non-judgmental environment where children can improve their reading skills.

“Part of the motivation to start R.E.A.D., Paula Dalby, R.E.A.D.’s national coordinator says was a series of studies conducted by James Lynch, director of Baltimore’s Life Care Health Clinic,  a noted author and medical researcher conducted the studies at Johns Hopkins University and the University of Maryland demonstrating that proximity to pet animals lowers blood pressure and has a calming effect on humans.  “That’s not surprising if you love animals, as all of us who do this work obviously do,” she says.”We can see the kids relaxing and forgetting their fears, because the dogs, unlike adults, or their peers, are attentive listeners who don’t criticize them.”

This finding led Lynch and his team to examine the effect of pets on children. One study involved putting children alone in a quiet room to read while monitoring their blood pressure. “When they’d start to read, their blood pressure would instantly go up,” says Lynch. “Then, when we simply put a dog in to wander around the room, the blood pressure quickly lowered. What the animal did was take the child’s attention away from performance anxiety or other fears that make academic performance more difficult.”

Though Lynch concedes that he knows of no studies that confirm the benefits of kids reading to animals, he says his intuition tells him that it works. “If you ask me to bet on it, I’d say it’s ten to one that reading retention goes up when the dogs are involved. When your blood pressure rises to acute levels, it’s hard to remember what you just read, but when you’re calm, the obverse occurs. And kids know that pets don’t judge you. If you yell at them, they lick you.” Source – Burr Snider in an article he wrote for titled Gone to the Dogs: Kids Connect with Canine Classmates

R.E.A.D.(Reading Education Assistance Dogs) has also been chosen to be a national educational outreach partner with PBS.  R.E.A.D. is one of those ideas that, in the words of Bill Moyers, “pierces the mundane to arrive at the marvelous.”

The R.E.A.D.(Reading Education Assistance Dogs) Program  is one of the programs of the several dog therapy programs  that the The Westminster Kennel Club’s Charity Angel on A Leash uses.  In fact,  The R.E.A.D.(Reading Education Assistance Dogs) program was featured  on national television right before the Westminster Kennel Club’s Best in Show competition on February 8th, 2004.

For more than 100 years, Bideawee has been the leading pet welfare organization serving metropolitan New York and Long Island.  Through a vast array of services Bideawee cultivates and supports the life-long relationships between pets and the people who love them.  Their services include: Learning Centers for People and Pets, Animal Hospitals, Adoption Centers, Volunteer,Volunteer  Facs, Pet Memorial Parks, Pet Loss Support .

DONATE  to help homeless animals in need by helping to fund much needed veterinary care, behavioral training, food, and shelter provided to the organization’s resident animals.

Your support gives Bideawee the opportunity to have a positive and life-altering impact on thousands of animals each year. Please take a moment and make a difference in the lives of animals in need today! Support the work Bideawee does to help pets find the loving and responsible homes they need by making a tax-deductible donation today.


Dogs For A Cause

Bideawee’s Reading to Dogs Program

 Bideawee operates one facility in New York City and  two on  Long Island, one in Wantagh, and one in Westhampton.

 Missy a Bidawee Reading therapy dog teams up with children at a homeless shelter  in the  Bronx, New York

For these kids who are waiting for a home of their own, learning can take a backseat to just trying to survive!!!

 The Good Dog Foundation New York

 Therapy Dogs Breath New Life Into Learning Process

  Page by Page Parents Can See the Progress

DOG B.O.N.E.S. of MASSACHUSETTS   –    Rockland Memorial Library R.E.A.D progam


  Golden Rory, shown here in this wonderful video, is the fourth “R” in the learning equation at Beaver Area Memorial Library  –   In the video below reading  therapy dogs help children practice their reading  skills.

 The Winnipeg Humane Society just completed a new program called “See Spot Read”  In the video below are students from the Pembina Trails School Division participating  in this program

Kinsey the Reading Therapy Dog Helps Children Read



Bideawee’s Reading to Dogs Program 

Intermountain Therapy Animals

 R.E.A.D. (Reading Education Assistance Dogs)


 Rockland Memorial Library R.E.A.D progam

Beaver Area Memorial Library

Investigate opportunities through The Bright & Beautiful therapy Dogs, Inc. , Therapy Dogs International, Inc.  and Delta Society and schedule your visit. Or go it alone. If you and your dog are ready, call a volunteer director and arrange your visit.

 Angel On A Leash – A Charity of the Westminster Kennel Club



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