Prison Programs

Many organizations utilize prison programs that allow both the dogs and the inmates to have unique, specialized training opportunities.

What are Prison Programs?

  • Multiple service dog organizations, such as Canine Companions for Independence and Americas VetDogs, partner with prisons and allow inmates to be involved in the raising and training process

  • Inmate handlers are selected through an interview and application process with very specific requirements

Why use Prison Programs?

  • Prison programs are at a unique advantage because they allow inmates to monitor and train the dogs 24/7

  • They have exceptional experience in addressing a wide array of behavioral challenges

  • They provide incredible structure for the dogs and can help them work through challenging issues

  • The inmates involved in these programs gain valuable knowledge on how to train dogs, lowers the rate of recidivism and gives them an increased sense of purpose

  • The pups and their prison handlers share a special bond, and the unconditional love the dogs show their handlers has a positive effect on them both

What about Real-World Experiences?

  • Dogs in the prison program often have weekend homes where volunteers take them into their homes, socialize them in public settings, and reinforce their skills in different environments

  • Many programs also send dogs on extended stays with volunteers outside of the prison to reinforce and maintain the skills they learn while in the prison