Welcoming a shelter dog into your home can often be a tricky transition for many families. After years of neglect and fear, it’s understandable that your rescue pet might feel shy and uneasy around your family.
It’s so important for new families of shelter dogs to rebuild that trust between their furry friend and its owners.
That’s why this Missouri Humane Society has launched an amazing program that helps forge a bond between anxious shelter dogs and children.
The Shelter Buddies Reading Program pairs kids ages 6 to 15 with scared dogs to help prepare them for life with their new families.
After 10 hours of training, each child is able to help a rescue dog come out of its shell through the power of reading.
“We wanted to help our shy and fearful dog without forcing physical interaction with them to see the positive effect that could have on them,” program director Jo Klepacki told The Dodo. “Ideally that shy and fearful dog will approach and show interest. If so, the kids reinforce that behavior by tossing them a treat.”
Not only does reading books out loud help soothe and calm the fearful dogs, it also gives children a chance to build their reading skills.
“Hearing a child reading can really calm those animals. It is incredible, the response we’ve seen in these dogs,” said Klepacki.
Catch a glimpse of this incredible program in the video below now!
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