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Allies for Greyhounds in Florida, for
up for adoption. The program's website
These days, the breeds most commonly used
example, invests 2,000 hours in each hound
keeps potential adopters informed about
as service dogs for the physically disabled are
before it goes into a home. The Greyhound
each Greyhound's status, and inmates get
Labrador and Golden Retrievers.
arrives home with a copy of the inmate's
updates about how the Greyhounds that they
When it comes to service-dog training,
journal chronicling each Greyhound's training
trained are doing in their new homes. Similar
Greyhounds are most often used as service
experience. The motto of Prison Greyhounds in
programs are offered at Ellsworth Correctional
dogs for people with PTSD. Given the
Indianapolis says it all: A new race. A new life.
Facility in Kansas and Crowley Correctional
Greyhound's general reputation for being
Facility in Colorado.
calm, steady, and attuned to its people,
Working with retired racing Greyhounds
represents a special opportunity for bonding
After inmates gain experience with
many retired racers have a special affinity for
between inmates and Greyhounds because, in
fostering Greyhounds, some particularly gifted
both cases, the program is designed to provide
dog trainers will emerge. On occasion, a
a second chance. Working with Greyhounds
Greyhound might not adjust well after being
do to help? Suppose a returning military
and knowing they go to loving homes brings a
placed with a foster family, or one that has
veteran has night terrors - particularly vivid
special source of satisfaction for a job well done.
already been adopted will develop behavioral
and frightening dreams. These dreams can
issues resulting in a bounce back. These
be so disturbing the person actually begins
trained helps tip the scales in the Greyhound's
Greyhounds can be assigned to work with a
avoiding sleep. During these episodes, people
favor for some adopters. Some programs,
highly skilled trainer in the prison setting.
often become agitated, flail around, scream,
Additionally, the Greyhounds being house-
such as the Northeast Greyhound Connection
in Ohio, teach the hounds basic obedience,
making these animals even more appealing
Generally speaking, the dog breeds selected
providing emotional support to humans.
What, exactly, does a PTSD service dog
or lash out. All of this can be particularly
difficult if that person has a partner or family.
A PTSD service dog issues alerts to the signs of
as family pets. When the Greyhounds master
as service dogs are chosen for their physical
agitation and responds, perhaps by licking the
the commands, they are "paroled" and put
sturdiness and reputation for trainability.
person's face to wake him up or positioning
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