Reading to abused dogs may change their worlds

Victoria Wells of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals observed that shelter dogs become calm and content while she played guitar to them, so she decided having people read to the dogs could help, too. The society instituted the practice in 2013 to help socialize abused animals, and it’s seen that the dogs become increasingly more calm with each story session. The reading material is not important, but a soothing, calm presence is, allowing dogs to gradually relax in the presence of people.

The New York Times (free-article access for SmartBrief readers) (6/9)

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