Sean’s Club is an animal-assisted therapy program for at-risk teens. We invite 6 to 8 students from Summit High School to Jackson/Teton County Animal Shelter where they work weekly (over 6 weeks) with shelter dogs and learn the principles of training. Students benefit from the dog’s affection while they learn about positive reinforcement necessary to dog training. Dog training also teaches responsibility, parenting skills, and social and vocational skills. Shelter dogs learn basic commands while they are socialized and praised, making them more adoptable.
Sean’s Club is a collaborative project spearheaded by PAWS, and in partnership with Summit High School, Jackson/Teton County Animal Shelter, and Thomas Mikkelsen of DogJax.