Veterinarian Dr Claire Stevens is passionate about the human-animal bond. Dr Stevens says the non-judgemental and calming nature of dogs can “...help children relax and overcome challenging emotions and fears around reading.”
Helping almost 3,000 children every week, Story Dogs is a reading support program that uses accredited dogs to make reading comfortable (and fun). The charity has seen reading levels increase and confidence soar.
“If a child goes from being a fearful or reluctant reader to looking forward to their reading sessions, our job is done - and this is how the dogs help,” says Co-Founder, Janine Sigley.