PAWSitive Helpers is an interactive program that pairs hard-to-adopt dogs with adolescents in the community. Adolescents will spend up to four hours a week learning about dog-related topics and training their assigned dog.
How PAWSitive Helpers will benefit the dogs:
Basic training through guidance of trainer
Teach dogs to interpret human cues
Modulate negative behaviors that impact likelihood of adoption
Increase attention the dog receives throughout the week
Offer socialization with adolescents
Build trust with humans in a safe and positively rewarding environment
Improve social, cognitive, and motor development with training and play
How PAWSitive Helpers will benefit adolescents:
Adolescents involved in the PAWSitive Helpers program will learn the following:
Help build empathy
Make and complete goals
Teach problem-solving skills
Provide a sense of purpose
Offer positive socialization
Improve expression of feeling
Reduce feelings of isolation & loneliness
Dogs selected for the program will be considered "hard-to-adopt" and have characteristics such as being black, large, older, pit-mix, hyper, shy, and/or having behavioral problems though not aggressive to other dogs or humans.
Dogs will stay in the program the entire program and will attend all training sessions.
Dogs will be temperament tested by Brenda Aloff and staff prior to the group starting to determine eligibility for the program and to identify specific training needs.
See Upcoming Programs for information about current programs. If you're interested in signing your child up for the next PAWSitive Helpers program please contact Angela Lijewski at 989-832-2165 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Partners in Change: Psychological & Community Services, PLC
720 W. Wackerly, Suite 11
Midland, MI 48650