Cell Dog Program

Cell Dogs Reading Program

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The Lee County Sheriff’s Office offers the Cell Dog Reading Program, which allows children to read to Dogs.

The main objective of this classroom program is to provide a relaxed and “dog-friendly” atmosphere, which allows students to practice their reading skills. The program includes a talk about dog safety, a DVD presentation and question-and-answer session. We also talk about being a responsible dog owner, using information from the American Kennel Club. Our officers will also do a Cell Dog demonstration.

Reading to dogs can boost reading skills in children as well as help with emotional and social skills. Programs in both school and public library settings are gaining in popularity because of the many benefits they offer.


Reading Benefits

Reading to dogs gives children essential extra practice with reading and oral skills; Some children feel that reading becomes less difficult when reading to a dog and are more willing to read aloud at school; Reading to dogs has motivated some children to start reading more at home, especially to their pets; Children may want to try reading more difficult books as they go through the reading to dog’s program; Kids feel more confident when answering reading-related questions.

Social Benefits

Children learn to take turns while waiting for their chance to read to the dog; Children can learn kindness and empathy by petting the dogs, cuddling with them and bringing them treats; Reading aloud can improve communication skills; Participants enjoy talking with each other and sharing books they have read.

Call Terrie Berlinger at (239) 258-3280 or email her at celldogs@sheriffleefl.org