Clever Canines Therapy & Obedience Club

Reading Programs

Clever Canines' Book Buddies
   Clever Canines Therapy & Obedience Club has teamed with the Appomattox Regional Library System and the Colonial    Heights Public Library to enhance children's love of reading through the use of registered therapy dogs. Children participating in the program have the opportunity to come to the library to read to dogs (and their owners).

All dog and owner teams have successfully completed the AKC’s Canine Good Citizen Test and the Alliance of Therapy Dogs Test and regularly visit nursing homes and assisted living facilities.

Research shows that children who are learning to read feel more relaxed and less self-conscious when reading to dogs. The program aims to improve reading skills, nurture a lifelong love of reading, and help children build bonds with dogs.

You must sign up in advance at the Appomattox Regional Library System's website or the City of Colonial Heights Public Library's website.  Children should be in grades 2, 3, or 4 to participate.  You can sign your child up at either library to read to a therapy dog during a 15 minute individual session.

Hope to see you there! 


Books with Breyden

Club co-founder Susan and 5th grade teacher, Mrs. Vaughan, started the "Books with Breyden" reading program at Beazley Elementary during summer school in 2007.  Clever Canines therapy dog teams still visit with Mrs. Vaughan's classes.


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