Welcome to our weekly feature, the Daily Junior Mailbag Monday.
A therapy dog explains it all.
We had such a great response to our recent post of our Question and Answer session with a therapy dog, we now deliver a weekly post in which one of our therapy dog staff answers a question we fetch from The Daily Junior mailbag.
Monday is a good day to do this since our therapy dog staff is usually still recovering from a hectic weekend of heavy squirrel and possum surveillance by dozing on their backs with feet in the air. The mail bag delivery gets their attention.
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Question: I have heard about dogs reading with children in libraries and schools. Do you do that? Now really, what’s the deal? What is a dog doing in the library? Dogs can’t read!
Answer: From Junior, The Daily Junior Education Editor
You know, I just love a follower who is a good fact-checker. Have a treat, while we talk.
Yes, I read with children in schools and libraries. For more about my work, and about R.E.A.D. check out my blog posts ” A golden retriever walks into a Library ..” and “Interview With a Therapy dog.”
R.E.A.D. Dogs are registered therapy dogs who sit and listen while children read.
It’s fun for both of us. And that makes a big difference.
Did you know that children who read with dogs make great strides in reading , communication skills,and social skills?
Of course, I don’t actually read ,I listen attentively. A dog creates a non judgemental and welcoming environment. I am never in a hurry, so the kids can read at their own pace. It’s a safe, comfortable environment and I never judge or criticize. I am a great listener and love a great story. I like to close my eyes ,stretch out, belly-up and put all my legs in the air when it’s really a good story.
I am often asked if I have favorite books.
I love most stories. I am especially fond of books in which the dog outwits the cat. One challenge in my job is that I occasionally give away the end of the story.
I wag my tail when I know the good guy is going to win .
Thanks for the question -Junior
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