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Children spend longer reading and try harder when there's a dog in the room, study finds Child read aloud to an observer, the dog handler and their pet or without a dog After reading the first page, participants were asked if they wanted to continue Those with a dog were more interested in reading and improved their abilities

By Stacy Liberatore For Dailymail.com

Published: 23:03 GMT, 3 December 2019 | Updated: 23:36 GMT, 3 December 2019

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Parents may want to rethink getting their children a dog, as a new study reveals our canine friends motivate them to read more.

Researchers found that children spent longer reading and showed more persistence when a dog was in the room as opposed to when they read without them.

The children also reported feeling more interested and competent, which leads experts to believe therapy dogs way enhance a child's reading abilities.

The study was conducted by a team at UBC Okanagan's School of Education who examined how 17 children, in grades one through three, would react while reading with and without a dog present.

Camille Rousseau, a doctoral student in UBC Okanagan's School of Education, said 'Our study focused on whether a child would be motivated to continue reading longer and persevere through moderately challenging passages when they are accompanied by a dog.'

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Researchers found that children spent longer reading and showed more persistence when a dog was in the room as opposed to when they read without them. The children also reported feeling more interested and competent, which leads experts to believe therapy dogs way enhance a child's reading abilities

Researchers found that children spent longer reading and showed more persistence when a dog was in the room as opposed to when they read without them. The children also reported feeling more interested and competent, which leads experts to believe therapy dogs way enhance a child's reading abilities

For this experiment, children were first tested on their reading abilities and then given material that was slightly beyond their level.

Each participant was asked to read aloud to either an observer, the dog handler and their pet or to just the humans – the dog was not present in the room.

After finishing the first page, researchers asked the child if they would like to continue reading the next page or end the session.

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