Prisoners and puppies might sound like an odd couple, but the two are becoming roommates in jails and prisons across the country. Wardens have implemented programs for inmates to train dogs. The hope is that the dogs will reduce the number of inmates who end up back behind bars.
Florida prison inmates will train hundreds of dogs this year.
Winky, a blind bull dog is being trained by Edwin Perez, an inmate at the Fort Myers Work Camp Charlotte Correctional Institution. Perez is also training, Abby (not pictured) to help Winky deal with separtation anxiety.(Photo: Andrew West/ The News-Press)
Jail saved Winkie's life, and a companiondog half the muscular pooch's size is keeping him calm.
APPLE VALLEY — A dog may be a man’s best friend but Fido can become his worst nightmare without proper training, according to Apple Valley resident Jason Rae, an animal behavior specialist.
Rae, owner of the High Desert-based Inside Out training/" title="View more posts about Dog Training here"Dog Training, said he has dedicated the past 10 years of his life to teaching dog owners how to permanently tame their unruly pooch’s behavior.
BATAVIA — There’s always hope for a naughty, aggressive or scared pooch, Tori Ganino says.
You just have to understand it.
“It’s always been a dream of mine to be a trainer,” she said at her newly opened business on Harvester Avenue. “I love psychology and to think about ‘how can we work around this?’ Everything I suggest, every technique or behavior modification I use, I know it works.”
Ganino and her husband Rich used to operate out of their home in Elba.
Nikki Wolfe, a volunteer for the EPIC Pals program, walks Max, a 10-month-old dog, around the Community Caring Council offices Thursday in Cape Girardeau. Max has been in the program for four weeks. (GLENN LANDBERG) [Order this photo]
The bond between kids and dogs has been given new meaning through EPIC Pals, a program in which troubled youths train shelter dogs for adoption.