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Teacher's Pet: Dogs and Kids Learning Together is a unique and innovative intervention program that pairs at-risk youth with hard-to adopt shelter dogs for basic obedience training using positive training methods.
Through the power of the human-animal bond, student trainers are able to experience tremendous growth and behavioral improvements and dramatically improve the adoptability of the shelters dogs, giving them a better chance at finding a loving, permanent family.
The youth in the program have been diagnosed with emotional impairments that make it difficult for them to succeed in traditional environments. Through this program, the youth learn about dog communication, responsible pet ownership, humane treatment of animals as well as dog training techniques.
The dogs, who have behavioral challenges as well, get the opportunity to learn appropriate in-home behaviors to increase their chances of being adopted and remaining in their loving homes permanently.
The program runs twice a week, two hours a day for approximately 10 weeks.
- Amy Johnson
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