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Therapy dog

A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection comfort and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and to people with mental disorders, such as anxiety disorder or autism.

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Struggling Students Read To Therapy Dogs, Find Confidence In Judgment-

"Therapy Dogs International explains that many children who have difficulty reading may be afraid of the judgment they receive while practicing the skill. But a reading program involving a dog as a listener has the potential to change that. 'They are often self-conscious when reading aloud in front of other classmates,' the organization's website notes. 'By sitting down next to a dog and reading to the dog, all threats of being judged are put aside. The child relaxes, pats the attentive dog and focuses on the reading.'" This is so awesome!

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