Designed to provide a relaxed, non-threatening atmosphere which encourages children to practise their reading skills and develop a love of reading.

The programme uses dogs who are the beloved pets of the Christchurch City Council Animal Management team. These furry friends have all been trained and tested for health, safety and temperament.

Our Dogs:

  • Can increase a child’s relaxation while reading
  • Listen attentively
  • Do not laugh, judge or criticise
  • Allow children to proceed at their own pace
  • Can be less intimidating than a child’s peers

Library staff and a dog handler will be present at all times to help facilitate the sessions. Sessions are 15 minutes long.