DAVENPORT, Iowa - A Quad City program is taking a different approach to reading. Its taking off the pressure of learning how to read and making it fun.
The QC CAN's Reading Assistance program at Davenport Public Library gives the opportunity to read to dogs.
Kids open up more when they're reading to a dog versus a parent or teacher.
Seven-year-old Reagan Schinke reads to her newest friend Iris, the golden retriever, while six-year-old Henrick Senne had a great time reading to a basset hound named Mater.
"He was nice and funny and a good listener," said Senne.
The QC Canine Assistance Network supplies the dogs.
“It really brings the kids out of their shell kids that struggle to read or don’t like to read the dogs have a way of encouraging them. The dogs don’t judge they just listen so kids seem to respond to that silent companionship," said Angie Hall, from the Qc Canine Assistance Network.
The program is free for kids and the next one happens on July 12th, at the Fairmount Branch.