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Buster Came to Visit

We are very lucky to have been selected for Buster a dog from Pets As Therapy to come to our school and help our children to gain confidence and self esteem through the Read2Dogs project. He came today along with his handler and Mrs Foley to see the children in both schools during assembly. The children were mesmerised and so careful not to make a noise to startle him, they asked many questions and all are looking forward to him joining us for stories. Research shows that young people can become nervous and stressed when reading to others in a group. However, when a PAT Dog enters the group, they often become less stressed, less self-conscious and more confident as the dogs are non-judgemental. Before long the young people are starting to look forward to the reading experience as they are going to read to their new friend, the PAT Dog.