Updated 7/10/23 at 3:37pm - Recording is now available to watch on-demand
We hope to see you on Monday, July 10, 2023 at 11am PT for our next Community Conversations call all about dog training prison programs. In this Community Conversation, hear from two organizations with programs in California: Marley's Mutts and Infinite PawsAbilities. We'll also feature graduates from the program at Marley's Mutts, known as Pawsitive Change (see a sneak peek in the video below).
In case you missed it, be sure to watch the previous Community Conversations call on this topic from April 2023, Prison Training Programs Discussion Panel: https://maddies.fund/communityconversations41723
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#Behavior,TrainingandEnrichment#CommunityPartnerships*#Diversity,Equity,InclusionandJustice------------------------------Maddie's Pet Forum AdminMaddie's Fund------------------------------
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Zach Skow, Executive Director, Marley's Mutts
Didontae Farmer, Pawsitive Change Graduate, Marley's Mutts
Brian James, Pawsitive Change Graduate, Marley's Mutts
Cherie Flores, Executive Director, Infinite Pawsabilities
------------------------------Charlotte OteroCommunity Strategist at Maddie's Fundshe/her------------------------------
I don' have much to add to this discussion, but I just wanted to say thank you for bringing this to the table! It was very inspirational and really shows the diversity in opportunities that are possible in the animal rescue world! I look forward to seeing these programs continue to grow!
------------------------------Charlotte OteroCommunity Strategist at Maddie's Fundshe/herOriginal Message:Sent: 07-06-2023 10:42 AMFrom: Maddie's Pet Forum AdminSubject: Community Conversations - 7/10/23 - Dog Training Prison Program
Unanswered question from the chat asked by Diana Bell:
"We have an opportunity to get our dogs into Southern NM Correctional Facility. We're all set to go but need a trainer. Any suggestions on finding someone? And what types of trainer/training should we be looking for?"
I think it really depends on the focus of your program. I am a trainer and was originally solicited by two different grant recipients to run their programs (at two different times). They were based very far (so. Cal) from the prison. I live 10 minutes from it. One organization had very clear thoughts on the curriculum they wanted taught (I am very versed in all phases of training, so adapting for me, is easy, but this is not true of every trainer). The second organization was less worried about the specific curriculum and allowed me to teach as I chose. Now that I run my own program, one thing that I have found valuable is to try to teach them many tools and to have the participants make choices. This is soooooo hard for them, but really is bringing new skills to them. They have not made choices for 10,20,30 years in the institution. I would definitely look at the trainers that are local to the institution, and look to see that they have depth in their toolbox. That can be shown in a number of ways. Feel free to reach out for a more detailed discussion. Cherie firstname.lastname@example.org
------------------------------Cherie FloresExecutive DirectorInfinite PawsAbilities------------------------------
Unanswered question from the chat asked by Amy Charles:
"I am in discussions with local teachers about how to initiate a program similar to this for troubled teens BEFORE they go to prison or as an intervention after they've been in trouble with the law. Is there such a group already in existence?"
I am not sure I exactly understand the idea, but I will say that my experience (as a trainer), is that more and more teachers are looking to put a "therapy" dog in the classroom...and my experience as a lawyer (yes, I am from a diverse background), is that the court system is also using "facility dogs" more and more. Typically we see them more for victims who are needing to testify. I am not sure that I am aware of any programs drawing kids into the dogs (aside from the standard 4-H) program, but I know of many stories of adults who spoke of being saved by someone mentoring them into a particular dog sport, training, etc...that kept them out of jail, so it really sounds like it might be a great idea!
There was a recent article about a teacher getting permission to bring puppies into classrooms. It led me to information about this grant opportunity called Pets in the Classroom, but I have no further knowledge on it.
Thanks for the great question!
Unanswered question from the chat asked by Debra DeVries:
"Perhaps I missed it, but what is the successful adoption rate for the dogs that go thru the Pawsitive Change program?"
I cannot speak for Zach. I only started our Infinite Paws program one year ago. So far, (fingers crossed) we have retained 100% adoption rate. But we offer post adoption support, and as a trainer, I am always focused on finding a home that matches the needs of the dog. I am sure, that we will not always retain that rate and our numbers are small in our first year, but we are trying to get this part right! (well, trying to get a lot right..but this is a key component to me).
Original Message:Sent: 07-06-2023 10:42 AMFrom: Maddie's Pet Forum AdminSubject: Community Conversations - 7/10/23 - Dog Training Prison Program
Unanswered question from the chat asked by Maris Brown:
"What is the success rate for the guys when they get out as well as the dogs getting adopted? This is really awesome!"