Paws for Reading

Touch Therapy teams visit local schools and libraries participating in our Paws for Reading program, designed to help your people by using dogs as an incentive to read.

With a dog’s encouragement and calming presence, young readers improve their focus, word recognition, and reading comprehension without feeling anxious.

Some of Duo’s Touch Therapy teams are also trained Paws for Reading teams who work with a school teacher or librarian to enhance and support their teaching curriculum. Teams will coordinate with the teacher so they are able to work with students in a group setting or one-on-one activities. Both volunteer handler and dog can actively be incorporated into assignments such as:

  • Group Reading Sessions – using the team in a setting where the students all take turns reading
  • One on One Setting – using the team to work with an individual student in a setting away from the others
  • Jump In Reading Sessions – using the team to work in a group setting where students take turns reading while the others following along, and each ‘jumps in’ to read a different part
  • Writing Assignments – using the team as the subject of journal writing, writing assignments, skits, plays, etc.

Schools and libraries can join our incentive reading program allowing students the opportunity to earn books for their libraries.

To get involved with Touch Therapy as a Paws for Reading team, please contact us at


students participate in the Paws for Reading program, on average per year


schools and libraries are Paws for Reading participants

Client Testimonials

Both of my children have been touched by the Paws for Reading program. My oldest practices reading out loud at Thornhill library with Libby, then shares books with her younger sibling who is on the autism spectrum. It brought tears to my eyes when my youngest hugged Libby and listened to the stories. I've never seen my child respond to anyone or anything like the Paws for Reading dog.

Parent participant

Our classroom so enjoyed reading to Marley, which helped the students earn books for our library. Thank you so much for this program!

Carl — teacher at Millstadt Primary Center

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