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September 27, 2015
October 11, 2015
Training Psychiatric Service Dogs for Local Veterans
Central Pennsylvania Animal Alliance’s Hounds of Prison
Education (HOPE) Program has developed
a new wing of the program in an effort to help more dogs find
second chances. The Helping Hounds Program will train homeless
dogs to become psychiatric service dogs for veterans living with
post traumatic stress disorder.
The training will be conducted at the State Correctional Institution
at Camp Hill where the dogs will be paired with carefully screened
inmates to focus on basic obedience training, socialization and
tasks that are specific to the service dog certification standards. After
eight to twelve weeks of intensive training with the inmate handlers,
the dog will be adopted by a veteran and the second half of the
training will begin. The veteran and dog will attend weekly
classes with our trainer for a year as they work together toward
their certification as a service dog team.
The goal of the program is to help the veterans and the dogs
by actively engaging both in their training. The model
for training psychiatric service dogs includes pairing the dog
with the veteran as soon as possible so that the bonding that
is so important for success can begin as soon as possible. With
ongoing training and lifetime support for the team, the program
seeks to provide a strong foundation for continued success and
improvement in quality of life for both the veteran and the dog. Together,
they can make a difference in each other’s lives and give
each other hope for a better tomorrow.
For more information on the Helping Hounds Program, please visit
www.hopedogs.org <http://www.hopedogs.org/> or