Teacher's Pet: Dogs and Kids Learning Together is a unique and innovative programs that pairs at-risk youth with hard-to-adopt shelter dogs for a 6-10 week, twice a week workshop in basic obedience. 

Nicole is a program facilitator at the Macomb County Juvenile Justice Center in Mount Clemens, MI.  There are also currently youth programs at:

  • Kingsley Montgomery School in Waterford
  • Crossroads for Youth in Oxford
  • Children's Village in Waterford
  • as well as two, week-long summer day camps for 6th-9th graders interested in learning about dog training

Through the power of the human-animal bond, student trainers are able to experience tremendous growth and behavioral improvements and dramatically imporve the adoptability of the shelter dogs, giving them a better chance at finding a loving, permanent family.

Student trainers learn the basics of animal handling, identifying stress in dogs, why it's important to be able to put yourself in the dog's paws and move into Basic Obedience 101. 


Please visit the Teacher's Pet website for more information and to see the current list of dogs ready for adoption!