Tail Waggin' Tutors help boost reading skills

Published: Friday, October 11, 2013 at 09:37 AM.

"It's more interesting and it makes them (child) more confident with animals to see a big dog calm," she said.

Next in line to read after Joshua was second-grader Tiffany Orr. Her father, James, said Tiffany is already above her reading level and this is a just a tool to keep her engaged.

"Any opportunity to keep her excited about reading," he said.

The Orrs don't have a pet at home, and Tiffany said she thinks reading to a dog is pretty cool.

"Maybe the dog understands," she said.

Isabelle is a 13-year-old retired champion show dog. She became certified as a therapy reading dog in Orlando when she was 7. She and Debbi moved to Santa Rosa Beach four years ago and started the Tail Waggin' Tutors program at the Coastal Branch Library last spring.

Cole said there is a waiting list of names of children wanting to sign up for the program in Orlando , but getting started here has been a slower go.

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