Reading Tails: “Children Reading to Dogs”
The mission of Moore County’s “Reading Tails” program is to expand a child’s interest in reading and thus lay the groundwork for a lifetime of education, ultimately leading to a higher quality of life. “Reading Tails” is a volunteer group organized to provide qualified handlers and their therapy dogs for visitation in a variety of facilities and settings. Reading times for children and therapy dogs are scheduled. Children and dogs bond together over a shared story. The child’s confidence and reading skills grow in a relaxing environment.
Many of the therapy dog teams that participate in the Reading Tails program also participate in the MCPRC Education Program. The dogs are ambassadors in the classroom, demonstrating the joy of a well-trained dog and reflecting the love and care that they receive from their families.
Dogs and their owners must have a current certification with one of the groups below:
- Therapy Dogs International, Inc.
- Alliance of Therapy Dogs
- Pet Partners
- The Bright and Beautiful Therapy Dogs, Inc.
A Canine Good Citizenship Certificate is not required but is a great foundation for a therapy dog credential.
Please be sure to always stay current on the rules and regulations stipulated by your certification organization.
- Training and/or information regarding the above certifications and AKC certifications is available from several trainers/schools in Moore and Lee Counties – see below:
P.O. Box 2208
Contact Bonnie at firstname.lastname@example.org
919-774-6794 or 919-774-8861
|Sandhills Dog Training LLC
11088 N US Hwy 15 501 Ste 600
| Shadow Hill Kennel and Farm
1723 Belford Church Road,
Jackson Springs, NC 27281
Contact Jane Hammett at email@example.com
If you have your certification:
Contact Linda Evans at Moore County Schools for more information on how to participate in the program.
Linda can be reached at 910-986-6528 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Outreach to Moore County libraries:
Bill and Doris Russell with Tux and Max, and Christie Hartlove with Bonnie have been reaching out to Moore County libraries, presenting a condensed Pet Responsibility Program and also reading with some of the children.