Creating lasting benefits for
shelter dogs and the individuals who train them.
The big house to your house establishes dog training programs instituted in correctional facilities across southern Louisiana. Dogs with basic training have a better chance of being adopted, and short-term inmates receive skills they can use upon release.
Those selected for the training program are called C.A.T.S. (Canine Assessment Training Staff), and they are responsible for their dog 24/7. One of the program’s main requirements is providing daily written assessments of their dog’s journey and training progress.
- Inmates selected for the training program are called C.A.T.S. (Canine Assessment Training Staff)
- To become a Master C.A.T., the participant needs to be in the program for 6 months. They train 3 new C.A.T.S. and must have trained at least 3 different dogs.
- During the 6 week program, C.A.T.S. are responsible for their dog 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. They must provide daily written assessments of their dog's behavior.
- Written assessments include:
– Amount of tiime to learn skills and commands
– Changes in behavior
– Feeding and bathroom schedule
- Nearly 150 dogs have been through the program since inception
- Dogs have been placed with adults and children who suffer from PTSD, Depression, Autism, and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
Benefits to Participants Include:
- Increased self-esteem
- Possible job-career opportunity
- Training skills
- Communication skills
- Assessment skills
- Following instructions
- Unconditional caring