British primary school children read to dogs to improve their literacy

"Dogs are non-judgmental; they won't laugh at stammers or get impatient"

Recent research indicates that children who read to pet dogs learn faster than those who read to adults. At a school in Dorset, a few different breeds, that are good with children, were brought in
the classroom and were found to have made a significant impact on learning. A
representative of Caring Canines charity said: “The children who benefit
most are those with low self-esteem and often it is not their reading skills
that are poor, but their confidence.”

The Telegraph