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Prisoners Prepare Pups To Be Service Dogs!

19 Aug 2016 | by Deepshikha Tahiliani | Posted in: Wag News

What could be better than hearing this happy news! Yes, prisoners in California are involved in a program where they train pips to be service dogs. These will aid the people who are suffering from autism and wounded veterans. The program is named Tender Loving Canines Assistance Dogs. The main idea behind this is to aid those who are in need. The little pups are trained to do so.


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In the year 2014, Prisoners Overcoming Obstacles & Creating Hope (POOCH) was commenced. This was developed mainly in order to augment the number of services dog which could be trained thoroughly to improve the lives of those who are suffering from problems like autism, stress etc. This was just a minor initiative at Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility’s firehouse located in California then, but it turned to be much more than that.


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As per the program director of Tender Loving Canines Assistance Dogs, Victoria Cavaliere, “Prison inmates are able to dedicate the necessary time to train the dog, and the dogs also thrive on the structure that is provided to them. Service dogs that are trained in prison programs have a high success rate for placement.”

Dogs who enroll in POOCH live with the prison inmates and are provided with classes twice a week. As of now, there are about 11 dogs who are being trained in the prisons. Five more are planned for 2016.


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The best part here is that this program isn’t just beneficial for the pooches but also the inmates. Cavaliere mentioned that “The inmates are offered the opportunity for rehabilitation through the experience of training a dog. Research shows that inmates who train dogs are less likely to re offend. Research also concludes that dog training programs reduce the number of violent incidents on the yard.”

We hope organizations soon start with such lovely initiatives in India too. Victoria, you are doing a great job, Kudos to you and your team!

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