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Tail Waggin' Tutors

Posted on March 01, 2016 at 11:33 AM


What happens when you bring children, dogs, and books together? You get happy, confident children who love to read. For that reason the Therapy Dogs International (TDI) group started up the program called Tail Waggin’ Tutors. This unique program allows children to practice their reading skills on therapy dogs, who offer unspoken encouragement to children as they read aloud.

The Wells County Public Library is excited to start participating in this program, thanks to the help of TDI volunteer Jessica Schott and her dog Domina (pictured). Jessica and Domina are shown in the picture with library patron Raleigh Collins, who is practicing her reading with Domina as a helpful listener.

On Tuesday, March 1 at 7:00 p.m. the program will kick-off at the Main Library in Bluffton with an introduction and meet-and-greet with Domina. Jessica will share some information about the difference between service dogs and therapy dogs and explain a bit about the Tail Waggin’ Tutors program. Then there will be plenty of time to meet and spend time getting to know Domina.

This introductory program is open to the public who would like to learn more about Tail Waggin’ Tutors or about therapy dogs in general. It is especially geared toward families with children who could benefit from practicing their reading aloud.

The first Tail Waggin’ Tutor session will then be held on Tuesday, March 22 at 6:30 p.m. in the Children’s Room at the Main Library.

For more information, please visit the library or call 260-824-1612.

Category: Children


Written by Emily Marshall

Hey everyone! I’m Emily Marshall. As the Community Relations Manager for WCPL, I’m usually sitting in front of my computer creating posters in Photoshop, planning library programs, or teaching computer classes. In my spare time, I enjoy reading teen books, watching way too much TV, traveling, playing board games, and trying to convince people that cheesy Hallmark Channel and ABC Family original movies aren't “that bad.” I also love messages, so feel free to email me at emarshall(at)

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