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Children learning to read get help from dogs

By Danielle Thomas - bio | email

HANCOCK COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - Can man's best friend help make your child a better reader? Some people say "yes."

On Saturday, children at the Kiln Library read their favorite story books to dogs. Tail Wagging Tutors is run by a group called Pet Partners. Volunteers say there is no other program like it on the Mississippi coast.

Organizers say there are more than 20 certified therapy dogs who can do a lot to help a child feel more comfortable reading.

"Dogs are very loving and they are sitting there giving that child confidence and love. And that child has no pressure. They're just reading to their friend that loves them," volunteer Stephanie P. Rosetti said.

Volunteers in the Tag Wagging Tutor Program meet at the Kiln Library every other Saturday, and at the Long Beach Library every other Thursday evening.

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