Reading to Rover

reading to a shelter dog

An in-kennel reading program can provide some well-needed company for the dogs in our care. This activity does not involve doing something physically active, or the engagement of games and/or toys- it is simply spending time together. Learning to be calm and relaxed is a skill that will be needed in a home environment.

A good book and a person to read it is all that is required. You can either choose to read aloud, as the dog will find the sound of your voice comforting, or read silently to yourself. The key is your presence, quiet interaction — occasional petting —and a possible treat.

Tools needed: A good book and a person to read it! (a treat pouch can also offer a few surprises throughout the visit)

Find a printable version at ASPCA Read and Relax.

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