Tail Waggin Tutors is a children’s reading program through TDI (Therapy Dog International). It is the therapy organization I selected for Harley “specifically” because of this program.
The objective of this reading program is to provide a relaxed and “dog-friendly” atmosphere which allows students to practice the skill of reading.
So many children have difficulty reading aloud. They’re self-conscious and often extremely nervous about being judged from fellow classmates.
But with a friendly face like this around…
The child relaxes and focuses on reading.
HOW DOES THIS WORK? –
We were trained, tested, evaluated and certified by TDI. – When a request for a tail waggin tutor in our area comes along – we answer the call. #literally
This particular school offers a summer reading program on Friday’s. So when Eileen made the request, Harley and eight other TDI trained pups came running…
The dogs know and understand when they wear their bandana’s they’re “working” so there’s no romping and socializing. We each take a corner in the room and anxiously wait for grades 2nd through 6th to come and read to the dogs…
Harley’s convertible bed is only used for the reading program. When he sees his bed, he knows what his job will be – to sit still and listen to the children.
He also knows if he sits still and listens intently, he gets ice cream on the way home…
He’s such a great listener!
ONE MORE THING –
Jaxson had his first “official” day as a Church Greeter with Doodle Dad and the Youth Ushers…
He did an outstanding job!
We also met a Groovy Goldendoodles reader who attends our church #whoknew
This is just a little taste of our weekend, how was yours?