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Read to a Dog

Read to a Dog

(Pre-readers (a child who is able to show pictures in a book and explain a story) up to Grade 5)

Number of Attendees:

1 child per 15-minute appointment. Dog and owner attend for 1 hour.

In that time, 4 children individually sit with them for 15 minutes.


1 hour consisting of 4, 15-minute appointments. 


  • A mat for the dog and child to sit on
  • Books: the child may select books at the Library or bring in their own The child may read anything and also allow time to play with the dog. 


Room Setup:

Preferably in a private room with a closed door with a window (so parents may peek in) and a chair or bench for the owner. Child and dog may sit on the mat. 

Helpful Websites:

Therapy Dogs International: www.tdi-dog.org 
(click on “Tail-waggin’ Tutors”)


Flyer, website, local newspaper, online calendar


Read to a Dog has been an ongoing program at the Ridgewood Library for approximately 7 years. We do it on Wednesday and Thursday afternoons, from 4:00 -5:00 pm. Parents book a 15-minute appointment for their child on our online calendar or we can schedule in person or on the phone. The dogs are certified therapy dogs and are insured through the organization that certifies them (either Therapy Dog International or Bright and Beautiful). Thus, the Library has no liability. This is been ongoing 12 months/year. We always have new children signing up to read to the dogs and often get calls from the owners of therapy dogs who want to join our program. At present, we have 10 dogs of all types who we schedule to be read to.

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