Originally posted from: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/LostAtEMinor/~3/nHxk4k7lAqI/
To make shelter dogs’ lives less stressful (and to let them know they’re loved), kids from the Shelter Buddies Reading Program in Missouri are reading to them!
After graduating from a ten-hour training course, the six to 15-year-olds sit with fearful dogs and read to them. Kids in the program are taught to understand dog body language to see if the animal is stressed or anxious, too.
The idea is to give shy dogs better interactions with humans and slowly gain confidence around them again. This will make them more adoptable when visitors come to greet them.
‘We wanted to help our shy and fearful dog without forcing physical interaction with them to see the positive effect th…