Barks for Books

Founded by Melissa Brickman, a dog trainer who struggled with reading issues of her own as a child, Eastlake, Ohio’s Bark for Books program is not just popular – it is also proving to be very effective for children who struggle with reading.

Founded by Melissa Brickman, a dog trainer who struggled with reading issues of her own as a child, Eastlake, Ohio’s Bark for Books program is not just popular – it is also proving to be very effective for children who struggle with reading.

Brickman trained her Corgi, Jasper, to approach and sit patiently at the side of any child holding a book. Now, Jasper helps comfort kids who are nervous or slower readers.

A reading session took place last Saturday at the Eastlake Library. Children in first through third grades each spent 30 minutes reading to trained therapy dogs. In a video report from WKYC, we meet Vincent Vitale, a first grader who struggled with learning the most basic words – until Jasper and Barks for Books came along.

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5 thoughts on “Barks for Books

  1. Hi!!! I’m Melissa Brickman, Jaspers owner. I can’t say thank you enough for passing on the story about Bark for Books. I want to be able to reach as many people as possible and help out as many kids as we can ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks!!!

    1. Hi Mellissa,
      I am trying to find out as much as I can about programs like yours and how to start training. I am a co- director of a little public library and using dogs as therapy dogs is so exciting. I am asking anyone who can pass on infformatiom on the training process. My dog is very young and I want to make sure I do not accidently teach him wrong habits.
      I loved you story

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