The project involves testing the efficacy of an animal-assisted intervention (AAI). The AAI
consists of a 10-week program in which adjudicated adolescents train shelter dogs and will be
compared to a dog walking control group matched for educational content and dog contact time.
The investigators expect that the AAI will result in improved empathy skills and that dog
attachment will explain these findings. The investigators also explore the extent to which
the AAI will improve internalizing and externalizing symptoms in these adolescents.