Tail Waggin' Tutors help boost reading skills

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

"Studies show it lowers blood pressure in the child when it is done one-on-one in a quiet place. It helps the shy child come out of his or her shell, and inspires interest in the slow reader," she said.

In addition, it even inspires hygiene in a child.

"We tell the children that this is a special day for the dog and she spends time getting ready to come see them. We give the dog a bath, brush her hair and teeth, and groom her nails. Knowing this, it inspires the child to do the same," said Cole.

Isabelle knows when she is working, said Cole, and she knows to be patient and adjust to situations. She senses how much interaction to give.

"Not every dog can do it," she said. "She has been through puppy charm, agility, and obedience training."

When the next child arrives, Isabelle greets, then dutifully lays down beside the child when they sit down with their chosen book.



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