OUR VISIT OFFERINGS:Meet our Therapy DogsA program for children, young adults and elders, "Getting to Know Therapy Dogs" is designed to be age-appropriate and generally involves several handlers with several different breeds of dogs. This visit offering Includes an overview of therapy dog work, venues visited, how to become certified, the health benefits of dogs, and the joy of visiting. Q&A and doggie-loving time are also part of this program.Visits to Health Care Centers, Assisted Living and Nursing HomesDogs and handlers travel through the facilities to give residents and patients a few minutes each of "patting" time and joy.Our Happy Readers Dog Tutors visit options include:•Children in groups (1 hr. session), who have signed up in advance. Children sit in a semi-circle, gathered around the dogs and handlers, and take turns reading out loud to the dogs and to each other. (Usually five children and two reading dog teams.) •Individual reading sessions (15 min. each) with beginner or reluctant readers.•Dogs are Our Friends! Making the Relationship Between Dogs and Children Safe and Rewarding. Dogs are wonderful companions for children, who can learn so much about responsibility by caring for them. This hour-long session demonstrates the proper etiquette of meeting, interacting with and caring for a new dog, and also covers breed basics of visiting dogs, the satisfying experience (for dog and human) of positive training, and the joys of rescue and adoption.Mini-curriculum for after school enrichment programs:•Introduction to dogs•Children reading to the dogs•Storytelling and story reading: handlers offer chapter book readings •Coloring/drawing/creativity: take-home coloring pages, provided by Happy Readers, representing different breeds visitingChildren are also encouraged to draw free-hand pictures of the dogs to take home.Each child earns a Good Reading Certificate at the end our time together, certifying that he/she has become an official "Happy Reader."