Roxanne visits  Barnes and Noble

          Roxanne visits Barnes and Noble

The READING EDUCATION ASSISTANCE DOGS (R.E.A.D.) program improves reading and communication skills by employing a powerful method: reading to a dog, but not just any dog.

R.E.A.D. dogs are registered animals who volunteer with their owner as a team, going to schools, libraries and many other settings as reading companions for children

What? Dogs can’t read! Of course, they can’t, but they can be great listeners. And their presence creates an inviting and motivating environment. Learning to read is often less about intellectual limitations than about overcoming fears. Animals are ideal reading companions because they:

*help increase relaxation and lower blood pressure
*listen attentively
*do not judge, laugh, or criticize
*allow children to proceed at their own pace
*are less intimidated than peers

Currently, Love on a Leash St. Tammany has one certified R.E.A.D. dog. Roxanne and her handler currently work with several classrooms at Mandeville Elementary School in Mandeville. Roxanne has also been adopted at the Mandeville branch of Barnes and Noble where she makes regular visits at Preschool Story Time.

If you think you and your dog have what it takes to become a R.E.A.D. team, you can learn more at  Or, if you or your organization are interested in having a visit with Roxanne or would like to learn more, you can contact us at