What is Book Buddies?
The Senior Dog Sanctuary of Maryland is happy to announce the launch of our new Book Buddies program. This program is modeled after other successful shelter's programs, inviting children to read aloud to our senior pups.
Reading to dogs provides comfort and lowers anxiety levels of kennel life. Children benefit as well by increasing reading skills, positive interactions with the dogs, and nurturing empathy in our future dog lovers.
Participating children will be given a brief overview of what they can expect inside the dog room, some simple rules and a discussion about recognizing behavior signs of dogs (afraid, happy, etc.). Each child will choose a book from our own library and will receive a small mat to sit on while inside the dog room. Then the fun begins as we watch the positive interactions between caring children and the senior dogs who just want someone to love.
What age child can attend the reading session?
Children as young as 5 years old can attend the reading session with their parent(s).
When and where are the reading sessions held?
Book Buddies is held the first Sunday of each month (beginning October 2016) at the Senior Dog Sanctuary in Severn, MD.
What do I need to bring with me?
If you completed the required forms online, then you just bring your child and enjoy the event. Your child can bring a book with them or choose a book from our reading library. If you did not complete the online forms, a completed copy of the Waiver Liability form and Parent Form should be brought with you.
How long is the reading session?
The children will receive a brief overview of the Senior Dog Sanctuary and some rules to follow in the kennel room. A handout will be reviewed on the proper way to interact with any dog. The entire session (including reading time) will be approximately 1 hour in length.
Is the Senior Dog Sanctuary handicapped accessible? Yes, there is a door which will allow easy access directly into the dog room for children who require this access.
How many children can attend each session?
The size of the reading session will be limited to 8-10 children (with an accompanying parent) and a Senior Dog Sanctuary volunteer for every 3 children.
Are parents required to remain on-site with their child? Yes, it is very important that parents remain with their children during the training session and while the children are in the dog room during reading time.
What is provided during the session?
Mat will be provided for each child to sit on during the training and reading sessions. A library of books are available for each child to select reading material. At the end of each session, a snack will be provided.
Watch A Pilot Book Buddy Session