NEW DOG TRAINERS FROM CHILDREN'S VILLAGE GRADUATE FROM
TEACHER'S PET PROGRAM
Auburn Hills, MI -- A unique intervention program pairing troubled youth from Children's
Village in Waterford with hard to adopt shelter dogs from the Oakland County Pet Adoption
Center in Auburn Hills is preparing for its graduation on Thursday, October 15, 2009 at the
Oakland Pet Adoption Center. The graduating class, 10 youth and 5 dogs, have been working
together for nearly 12 weeks and now they are ready to demonstrate their newly formed skills for
staff, family, dog adopters and supporters of the program.
Teachers Pet: Dogs and Kids Learning Together is a program that provides vocational skills
in dog obedience training using positive training methods. The youth learn about dog
communication styles, humane treatment of animals, responsible pet ownership and much more.
Throughout their time in the program, the once behaviorally challenged kids are transformed
into responsible, loving caregivers and dog trainers for the abandoned and unwanted canines
with whom they are paired. Meanwhile the dogs, who are saved from possible euthanasia,
receive much-needed training and socialization to become more adoptable and more likely to
stay in their homes permanently.
Teachers Pet creator Amy Johnson has paired her counseling and dog training experience
with her love of kids and dogs to create an atmosphere that has proven to be beneficial for all
involved. Oakland Pet Adoption Center Executive Director emeritus, Larry Obrecht, believes
the program is a humane and caring way to help the difficult-to-adopt dogs learn what they need
to behave appropriately in the home. "The number two reason dogs are surrendered to shelters
(second to overpopulation) is because of behavioral problems." Obrecht adds, "By providing
basic obedience to our more behaviorally challenged dogs not only helps them deal better with
the stress of the shelter environment, but it helps them work on improving those behaviors to
give them a better chance at being adopted."
“This program is a win-win for everybody,” says Johnson. “The dogs and kids both love it
and I really believe the kids are affected in a very positive way.” Johnson says the Teacher's Pet
program has also shown success with the Kingsley Montgomery School in Waterford, Macomb
County Juvenile Justice Center and Crossroads for Youth.
Recent canine graduates will be available for adoption as well as dozens of other wonderful
dogs and cats. The graduation ceremony will be held at the Oakland Pet Adoption Center, 1700
Brown Road, Auburn Hills, Michigan at 5:00 p.m. For more information about the program or
the ceremony, please contact Amy Johnson at 248-930-2909 or visit