The Clark County Red Cross is using pet therapy in a novel way. It’s using dogs as an audience for books.

The Puppy Tales reading program allows children from the second to the fifth grade a chance to improve their reading and speaking skills by reading to a canine. The pet therapy portion of the program allows the child to read without the fear of stumbling, misreading or mispronouncing words.

“It takes the stress off the child,” said Betsy Loveland, program director for the Clark County Red Cross. “They don’t tense up and freeze.”

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