Teacher's Pet is an intervention program that pairs troubled youth with hard-to-adopt shelter dogs for a multi-week workshop in positive, reward-based dog training and behavior modification in an effort to make the dogs more adoptable. The program meets twice a week, two hours a day at Macomb County Juvenile Justice Center, Oakland County's Children's Village, Crossroads for Youth and Kingsley Montgomery School.
CBS Detroit recently featured Teacher's Pet on their "Eye on Detroit" segment at the Macomb County Juvenile Justice Center April 2015. Click here to be redirected to the video link.
To provide a safe, therapeutic environment for youth and dogs to learn together.
The mission of Teacher's Pet is to empower at-risk youth to improve in the areas of empathy, patience, impulse control, perseverance and hope. Participants are paired with hard-to-adopt rescue dogs for positive, reward-based dog training to increase the dogs' chances of becoming adopted and remaining in their homes permanently.