Teachers Pet

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    Overview

    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.

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    Our Training Philosophy

    Our training involves using positive, lure and reward based techniques in order build a trusting relationship between trainer and dog. When the trainers see a behavior they like or want, they reward it with small treats. If the behavior is not what they want, they redirect the behavior to what they do want and reward that behavior. It just makes sense. Rewarded behavior is repeated behavior. Whether you're a dog or a human. When a dog is able to process the learning experience, learn to think for himself without fear of punishment, he is more eager to learn and more successful in doing so.

    Working with the Kids

    The youth in our program are able to experience empathy, gain patience and anger management skills. They learn about responsible pet ownership and humane treatment of animals. And upon completion of the program, they receive a certificate of completion in Level 1 Dog Training