Children at a school in Inverness are being encouraged to read books to dogs.
Pupils at Crown Primary have said that they feel relaxed and enjoy volumes more when reading them aloud to retrievers Blue and Morna.
Hannah Earnshaw, a probationary educator, is piloting the scheme at the school.
She suggested bringing in the two puppies after researching the added benefit of the pets in boost the confidence of reluctant readers.
The infants have told of feeling happier reading to Blue and Morna because, “unlike grown ups”, they do not ask them to recur sentences and also give them time to think about what they are saying.
Ms Earnshaw told: “The children that are reading to the dogs rather than reading to me improved significantly more in a reading test than the ones merely reading to me.
“Also, the children who read to the dogs enjoyed the reading experience more than the children that read to me.
“So to me that suggests that not only does it have a direct impact on reading, it also impacts on their enjoyment of reading.”
Ms Earnshaw recruited the help of her aunt Catriona Addy, who is a volunteer for the organisation Pets as Therapy, to bring in puppies for the reading sessions.