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How these young "Hero Pups" are getting trained by jail inmates

What is it

What is it

The New Hampshire jail is the first in the state to partner prisoners with the 'Hero Pups' program to foster and train puppies.

Hero Pups places pups with veterans and first responders.

The focus of the team is on those who are dealing with post traumatic stress, anxiety and service-connected challenges.

By using shelter and rescue pups whenever possible, they are able to help relieve the symptoms while helping a rescue pup in the process.

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What do they stand for

What do they stand for

Their mission is to acquire and train dogs that have the potential to successfully undergo and complete the rigorous training that allows them to assist the veterans and first responders, thus increasing their independence and peace of mind.

In addition to having the opportunity to help those on both ends of the leash. Some of the pups do their basic obedience training with inmates who are preparing for their release.

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More on the anvil

More on the anvil

This will help the pups on their path to service work, but it will also help the inmate participants learn new skills to give them more tools for success.

Thanks to the supportive staff, the pups are also being incorporated into educational programs.

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Benefits

Benefits

Studies show programs like this help to reduce recidivism while also accomplishing the goal of getting the pups trained.

A Hero gets the service dog they need, a rescue pup gets a fresh start, and an inmate gets to learn a new skill set that they can use after they're released.

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Personalised training

Personalised training

With the help of our puppy raisers and volunteers, we are able to provide one-on-one training to each pup entering the program, said the program coordinator.

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Recent joinee

Recent joinee

In Spring of 2019, Hero Pups will be placing the first comfort dog with a police department in the state of New Hampshire.

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