Wilson the whippet with Tweed Head South Public School Year 2 student Kalani Bryce. Story Dogs like Wilson provide a non-judgemental set of ears to young readers.
Wilson the whippet with Tweed Head South Public School Year 2 student Kalani Bryce. Story Dogs like Wilson provide a non-judgemental set of ears to young readers. Contributed

Dogs are top of class for reading

GOATS and pigs apparently don't quite cut it and cats do not have enough patience.

Dogs, however, seem to be the perfect candidates to help children become better readers.

Story Dogs co-founder Janine Sigley said the organisation puts dogs in classrooms that sit and listen to children read them stories.

"Dogs are best suited as the human-dog relationship is well developed," Mrs Sigley said.

"We are currently in 18 local schools helping over 120 kids per week become confident lifelong readers.

"To see kids go from not wanting to read at all to wanting to be first to read is a huge change in attitude and a great start down the path of catching the reading bug."

King Street Vet Hospital, Murwillumbah, as well as having volunteers who take the dogs into classrooms, has recently sponsored two dogs.

"It costs $500 per year per dog," Mrs Sigley said.

"If we have all our dogs sponsored it works and at the moment we've got 13 sponsors."

She said more funding for the program was vital to take Story Dogs to the next stage.

"We've had a lot of interest from the Lismore area and we'd love to expand."



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