Joan Dalton, M.S.T.
Joan Dalton

Program Design

Program Operations

Kenneling Essentials

Main Page

Joan Dalton
(503) 697-0623

Project POOCH, Inc.
P.O. Box 305
Lake Oswego, OR 97034

Joan Dalton, M.S.T.

Consultant for Youths/Dogs Corrections Programs

Joan Dalton has worked with troubled teens for more than 20 years. She founded Project POOCH in 1993 while she was vice principal of William P. Lord High School at MacLaren Youth Correctional Facility in Woodburn, Oregon. An animal lover herself since childhood, she recognized the rehabilitative importance of the human/animal bond and the transformative power of the unconditional love dogs offer for juvenile offenders.

Starting with one dog and one youth, Joan built a program where youths learn to manage their own behavior as they learn to manage the behavior of their dogs. The participants also earn school credit, develop good work habits, and acquire valuable occupational skills while working with dogs.

The program proved so successful and popular that Joan left teaching and has committed herself full-time to the development and continuation of the program.

Project POOCH has been featured in articles for local, national, and international newspapers and magazines. Joan receives frequent invitations to speak about animals and youth corrections to groups and at conferences across the country and abroad, and was interviewed about the success of the program for a book published in Japan. The television program "Animal Planet" on the Discovery cable network featured Project POOCH on its "Cell Dogs" program.

Joan received her B.A. in Education from Washington State University and her M.S.T. from Portland State University. She lives in Portland, Oregon, with several cats and her Project POOCH dog, Rufus.