Reading books to your children and your dog is a great way to promote a nurturing relationship between your pets and your children. As your children grow up, encourage them to read to dogs on their own to promote a love of reading.
Create a comfortable space for your children and dogs
Spread a blanket on the ground under a shady tree
Make room for your dog on your child’s bed at night so you can read them both a bedtime story.
Make sure your dog is comfortable with the space. If your dog appears nervous or uncomfortable don’t force him/her.
Encourage participation in reading from your child and ask your dog what he/she thinks along the way, or what your child thinks your dog thinks of the book.
Encourage your children to gently pet your dog or snuggle your dog while the book is being read (but ONLY if your dog is comfortable with this.)