Schoolchildren and rescue dogs are building confidence together through the Humane Society of Missouri's 'Shelter Buddies Reading Program'. By telling stories and sitting next to the kennels, the children provide the homeless hounds with valuable interaction in a calm environment that should help them get adopted in the future. In turn, the kids get to practice their reading skills in front of a kind and non-judgemental captive audience - talk about a win-win!
Sessions are held once a month, and each child is first given a lesson on dog body language, so they are able to tell if their canine reading partner is feeling worried or shy. Most dogs find the whole experience positive and calming, particularly as it is without the added stress of physical interaction. Let's hope someone brings this idea to the UK!
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Photographs from the Humane Society of Missouri