Puppy Dog Tales

Puppy Dog Tales

Through our Puppy Dog Tales Reading (PDT) Program, which began in 2007, we promote literacy and a love of reading in at-risk youth populations. Reading to an adult may seem overwhelming, so participants read to therapy dogs. Reading becomes a sustained, individual activity that children eagerly anticipate.

Volunteer training for PDT demands more than standard AAI training, but the rewards are phenomenal. Teams are placed at a school or library for six-week to yearlong sessions and work with four to six children for 10-20 minutes each. Volunteers report that children who could not read through a sentence in the first meeting quickly warm up to their pets, feeling safe and supported enough to meet their reading challenges.

We are currently seeking new PDT teams to fill the increasing demand for our services. All PDT teams go through training in the general program in addition to more specialized training.

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