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The Under Dog Program

Reading Education Assistance Dogs

We have implemented two pilot R.E.A.D (Reading Education Assistance Dog) Programs.These programs reside in Stock Trail Elementary School - Gillette, Wyoming (2019) and the other in Crook County Elementary School - Sundance Wyoming (2020)

This program utilizes registered therapy dogs to interact with children by allowing them to read to the dog or just sit and enjoy the dog's company. These dogs have been trained and certified for their health, safety, skills and temperament. 

The dogs have been successfully used while interacting with children who have low self-esteem or who are often willing to interact with an animal rather than an adult. The dogs tend to reduce the children's fears and limitations in an uncomfortable or perceived hostile environment.

 

>>Benefits of R.E.A.D.<<

**Children improve their reading skills**

**Children gain self-esteem as they master the skill of reading**

Domina

READ program dog, Domina, listening intently as this sweet girl reads to her.

Crackers

One of our READ program dogs reading with some elementary school kiddos.

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