Humane Society of Missouri soothes dogs by having children read to them
The life of a shelter dog can be tough, filled with fears and anxieties stemming from both their new and previous environments.
The Humane Society of Missouri has developed a program that serves both the animals and the area's children.
It has kids come in and read to the dogs.
The contact helps timid canines overcome their shyness and soothes the nerves of anxious sorts, making them more desirable to adopters.
Children benefit through sharpened reading skills.
The Humane Society of Missouri makes sure the young volunteers are ready to make the most of their time with the animals by giving them advance training.
The kids get lessons in reading dog body language so they can spot positive reactions and reinforce them accordingly.
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