http://www.telegraph.co.uk/lifestyle/9372554/Dogs-in-the-classroom-reading-with-a-fluffy-friend.html . The "listening canines" are trained to focus on a book a child is reading, and children are told they are teaching the dog to read. According to the trainer, Tracey Berridge, "Teachers find reluctant readers start begging to read to the dogs."
The dogs also participate in programs at libraries and Sharon Dixon, the supervisor at Barnstaple Library, who is introducting book groups with Tracey's dogs says, "Children's concentration improves when a dog is there, the fact it won't laugh or criticise if they 're struggling is really important." I would have liked to have a dog to read too when I had to read aloud ---- the butterflies and sweaty palms would have been not existent!
http://dogshelpingkids.co.uk/. I love their logo!