Having a Dog Helps Children with Reading

Dogs might be helping the people in your home read, specifically, your kids! Researchers at the university of British Columbia found that children tend to read more, and be more engrossed in what they’re reading, when a dog is in the room. They had a bunch of 8 and 9-year-olds sit and read books out loud. First without a dog, and then with a therapy dog in the room with them. They got through more pages and were more likely to want to keep reading. It’s not clear why it works, but previous studies have had similar results. It might be that having a dog around just keeps kids calm.