It’s obvious how a service dog can change the life of a disabled person by offering them increased freedom. But the process of training these dogs can also have profound impacts, as evidenced by a Washington program that uses prison inmates as dog trainers. As the video above shows, these men know that, in order to be eligible for the program, they have to change their ways, and then the experience of working with the dogs offers its own rewards.
Lavery says, “Being involved in this program helps us to learn how to communicate. It teaches us patience and problem-solving skills. … It’s huge.”
“To be in this program we have to be at our utmost all the time, and it helps. You can see the change in all the guys,” adds Gillmere.