Dog learns to 'read' to help young students

Updated: 05/23/2014 11:41 AM | Created: 05/23/2014 11:39 AM
By: Mike Sullivan, KTTC

ALBERT LEA, Minn. (KTTC) -- If dog is man's best friend, then Coulter is every teacher's best friend.
Coulter can do what most dogs can't: he can read.

"So I show him the word and say the verbal command, and then after a while I take away the verbal command. A few more days after that he was pretty consistent at it," first grade teacher Peggy Bennett explained.

It may seem complicated, but to the kids it's quite simple.

"He looks at the words, and he does it," said first grader Maxx Richards.

"He shows kids that it's important to practice reading. He needs to practice as much as anybody else, and if a dog can read, then anyone can read," said Bennett.

Coulter is only the second in a growing line of teaching animals.

Coulter's unique talent needs no tricks and leaves the children always baffled.

So what is next for Coulter?

All that is known is that the future for Coulter and these children is really an open book.

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