Paws and Read


Therapy Dogs Nationwide places temperament assessed dogs with their volunteer handlers into Additional Learning Needs, Primary, Junior and High schools under our Kennel Club recognised scheme, Paws and Read.


Research suggests children can be nervous and uncomfortable when reading aloud in a classroom environment, especially those that are struggling. The Paws and Read Programme allows these children to read to a therapy dog,  as they are non-judgemental, attentive and perfect listeners

We have documented evidence that one of our dogs, with the volunteer, attending school once a week can raise not only the reading standard of the children, but help with their self confidence, behaviour, social and emotional welfare too.

This scheme also helps with self-esteem, and behavioural problems the children might have, plus teaching them how to behave appropriately around dogs and basic dog safety, thus helping the next generation of dog owners, hopefully, to be more responsible.

Our service provides FREE intervention packages that target pupils personal, social, numeracy and literacy skills in many ways. Our volunteers and dogs can unlock potential in learners in unique ways. Some programmes we have provided for individual  children have included bespoke support for pupils with complex behaviours.

If you would like one of our teams to visit your school please click here and complete the online form.

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