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Kentucky Humane Society launches Restful Readers Program

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) - Maria aims to keep her audience captivated with a Dean Koontz book.

She's taking part in a new program where reading could benefit her listener's behavior. The Kentucky Humane Society has started the Restful Readers Program. The program's purpose is to get bigger dogs acquainted with humans in a calm setting.

"We've got several volunteers that are involved and trained in how to do it. Tank seems to be responding," said Brandi King, the Placement and Behavior Manager for the Kentucky Humane Society. "We want to make sure that they keep their energy level down and that they're comfortable in the kennels they're staying in."

She continued, "Every time that they see a person, they're really excited and they're jumping up and down in the kennels because they're so excited to get out."

Andrea Blair, a spokesperson for the Kentucky Humane Society, said "If an adopter comes in and sees a dog that's quiet with all four feet on the ground, they're much more likely to pick that dog, than a really bouncy dog that's barking and hyper."

"Anytime they're doing something good and that we want them to do, we're rewarding them to try and reinforce that behavior so that it becomes a habit," King explained.

KHS officials say since they've started, the volume in the kennel has gotten lower.

King said, "It's just been wonderful. Whenever adopters come in, they see more of a realistic view of what the dogs are going to be like in their own home."

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