Reading aloud to dogs helps young children develop their skills and confidence in front of a nonjudgmental audience, according to a small pilot study at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University. Researchers split second-grade students into two groups, with one reading to dogs and the other reading to humans who corrected their mistakes. At the end of the study, the children who read to dogs had improved their reading speeds while the other group's words-per-minute decreased.

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