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skills  progress by attaching and detaching fasteners, buttons, velcro and snaps during dog dress up. 

Fine Motor

Gross Motor

skills advance by having dogs participate in physical activities involving throwing, catching, balance and coordination.

symptoms diminish as students interact in an even, deliberate manner, resulting in self-calming.


Anxiety & Depression

are reduced through consistent, gentle, reliable canine friendship.

Spacial Awareness

develops through students playing directional games that have been taught to the dogs.

Executive Function

can be fostered through multi-step games/skills with dogs requiring memory and organization.

Speech Skills

strengthen by articulating specific words/sentences that include a variety of cues as the dogs respond.

and comprehension improve, particularly for dyslexic students, due to the calming, nonjudgmental nature of loving dogs.

Reading Fluency

Self confidence soars when students cue dogs to carry out skills and tasks with consistent responses.

See how dogs help in the classroom...

What Students Say...

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Tail Wags and Book Bags relies on donations to provide services.  As a 501(c)3, your contribution is tax deductible.  Your gift will bring joy to learning for students with learning differences!

Your Support Matters!

97% of teachers and therapists stated that students would benefit from increased participation with assistance dogs provided by Tail Wags & Book Bags. 


National Institutes of Health (NIH) research asserts that the presence of assistance dogs in classrooms promotes positive mood and provides significant anti-stress effects on the body.  By decreasing cortisol levels, anxiety and depression are reduced, allowing students to better focus on learning.  Read More


Our highly skilled working dogs are raised and trained by service dog organizations accredited by Assistance Dogs International (ADI).   Handlers are professionally trained and certified with specific training for educational settings.



Our dogs know 50 tasks and are integrated into goal specific lesson plans.  This pedagogical approach reaches beyond  pet therapy.  We pair the warmth of wise dogs with tailored education.

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