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These dogs are helping kids learn to read — and it’s adorable (PHOTOS)

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Tail Waggin’ Tutors places therapy dogs with slow readers in local libraries.

To this day, I recall the strained vibe that fell over the room whenever certain kids in my grade school class were asked to read aloud. They were slow readers, struggling to correctly identify and enunciate the majority of the words on the page as the teacher frequently cut in to correct errors. Looking back, I wish I’d possessed enough empathy to have more compassion for those classmates.

For many children, reading does not come easily. It’s a skill they struggle to acquire and reading out loud in front of a group or even to a single person can be extremely daunting.

Enter Tail Waggin’ Tutors. This unique program, which is part of Therapy Dogs International, functions to place dogs in libraries for children to sit with and practice reading to. Apparently, when reading to an attentive canine, “all threats of being judged are put aside,” the program’s website explains. “The child relaxes, pats the attentive dog, and focuses on the reading. Reading improves because the child is building self-esteem, and associating reading with something pleasant.”

But not just any dog is qualified for the position. According to Centre Daily Times of Pennsylvania, the dogs have to exemplify good listening skills by “[ignoring] any food dropped on the ground [and watching] people leave the room without getting excited.”

But if they can pass the test, their attentive presence is worth every second. There’s a reason dogs are called man’s best friend: “[When] petting a friendly and familiar dog, [a] person’s blood pressure lowered, heart rate slowed, breathing became more regular and muscle tension relaxed,” according to a report in Psychology Today.

Check out some of the world’s great future orators reading to their (mostly) attentive canine audiences below:

Our tail waggin tutor Faolin is woofing down another great book with Aubrey & Jacob! #tailwaggintutors #tailwaggintuesday #readtosucceed

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Doodle listening to a young reader today at 'Tail Waggin' Tutors' #therapydog #tailwaggintutors #therapydoginternational #cartersvillelibrary #labradoodle #labradoodlesofinstagram

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The kids read me a story about bunnies today at the library! 🐰🐇 My favorite animal ever!! This weekend is starting off with a bang! I love these kids ❤️📚 #puggle#pugglelife#therapydog #therapydogsofinstagram #therapydogsinternational #readingdog#tailwaggintutors #workingdog#readingisfun#library #eastwalnuthills#cincylibrary

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Reading to a dog at the Harbor Springs Library #tailwaggintutors #harborsprings #kidsreading

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Dont forget #tailwaggintutors at #bnsurpriseaz today at 3:30-4:30pm. Tail Waggin Tutors is a #reading program aimed at children grades 1-6 to help boost their confidence when reading aloud using certified #therapydogs! Skye, Murphey, and Maggie are all eagerly waiting for their stories in our childrens department! Dont make them beg! #dogsofinstagram #azhappenings #therapydogsofinstagram #getkidsreading #childrensliterature #kidsactivities #arizonahappenings #arizonafun #cattledogsofinstagram #cattledog #barnesandnoble #barnesandnobles #bnevents #bnbuzz

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Gotta stretch out and get comfy to read with the kids. #readingdog #teamremmy #therapydog #tdi #tailwaggintutors #frogdog #frogginitout #goldensrule #goldenretriever #goldensarespecial #instagolden

A post shared by Sheila Mitchell (@rembrandtgoldens) on

Sit. Stay. READ! It's Monday and that means it's almost time for #tailwaggintutors here at #BNSurpriseAZ we host TWT every Monday 3:30-4:30 for reading age children. Come on by and say hello to Sky, Murphy, and Daisy! Hope to see you there! #bnevents #reading #barnesandnoble #dogsofinstagram

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Very proud of the progress Cooper is making with the kids at the office! 🐾🐻✔️📚#readingbuddy #readingtherapy . . . #goodpup #tailwaggintutors #morkie #chicagodog #dogsofinsta

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