Dogs in Prison?…Well not becasue the dogs did anything wrong. You may have heard about the prison based dog training programs . The state of Florida offers several dog training programs that involve using prison inmates.
Several things get accomplished with these programs. Dogs are saved from shelters that could have otherwise been euthanized and the inmate is taught skills that can help him to succeed in life, outside of the prison environment.
Inmates are placed in a dormitory type of facility. They are properly trained on how to handle and train the dogs. Each inmate lives with their assigned dog for a minimum of 6 – 8 weeks. During this time, the inmate is responsible to housebreak and crate train their furry friend. They teach him basic commands such as to sit, stay, come and how to walk on a leash. Some dogs may learn more of the advanced tricks, depening on how well the dog reacts to his trainer.
Before the dog is released for adoption, he is be completely up to date on his shots and worming. He will also have been spayed or neutered, along with micro chipped.
More advanced, training programs are available. These programs can take up to 18 months. After that period of time, the pups are ready to be placed with a disabled person which includes veterans, some of which are suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorders (PTSD). The dogs will have become familiar with people in wheelchairs, using canes or other devices. They will be trained to turn lights off and on, pull wheelchairs along with picking items up, that may be dropped.
If you’re looking for a well behaved dog, that has already gone thru the puppy stage and is trained for manners and appropriate temperament, this may be the institutionfo you. You should check into these inmate traiined canines. The basic trained dogs are adoptable for approximately $150.00.
Additional training can help these service dogs even become therapy dogs.
The knowledge along with the interpersonal skills, that the inmates receive, will hopefully assist them, after they are released from prison and re-enter the outside world. They will be well versed in the development and training of dogs, which could be a positive step, in assisting them to getting employment.
These inmates must feel some sense of pride watching their friend develop, grow and receive a loving home, knowing that he was the one that saved that dog, for what could have been certain death. I bet he will miss his friend after the program is is complete.