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Therapy Dogs NationwideTherapy Dogs Nationwide places temperament assessed dogs with their volunteer handlers into Primary, Junior, High and SEN schools under our Paws & Read Scheme which is recognised by The Kennel Club.

Research suggests children can be nervous and uncomfortable when reading aloud in a classroom environment, especially those that are struggling.  The Paws & 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 and behaviour, and with their social and emotional welfare too.

The 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 hopefully helping the next generation of dog owners, 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.

We are pleased to be part of the original working team in conjunction with the Kennel Club setting the Bark & Read Standards of Practice.

Please note, all volunteers must complete a minimum of 3 months regular visiting in another establishment before enrolling on the Paws & Read programme.

All dogs in our Paws & Read programme adhere to this code.  



School Visit - Therapy Dogs Nationwide

Schools Visit - Therapy Dogs Nationwide

Schools Visit - Therapy Dogs Nationwide